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BROOKLYN CALLING!
We get behind the phenomenon that is NYC
outfit Wolf + Lamb — production duo, label
family, movement and club event.
IBIZA SPECIAL
All the hottest news from the hottest island in
dance music including 15 Years Of DJmag Ibiza
at Space and a VIP competition to be there.
HITTING THE GROUND
RUNNING
We chat to Glimpse in the wake of his perfectly-
formed debut album ‘Runner’ and ahead of his
new live residency at Ibiza’s Space.
FROM DISCO TO DISCO
We explore the resurgence of sensuous
disco-influenced sounds and their influence on
the White Isle.
SONAR 2010
We pick the essential acts to catch at this year’s
Sonar with a little help from Mary Anne Hobbs.
DOP ON PLASTIC
Piss-taking Parisian trio dOP are laying down a
new future for organic house.
PACHA SUMMER IBIZA 2010
Rising Pacha star Juan Diaz mixes this month’s
anthem-filled, Balearic-themed covermount CD.
BEATFREAK MANIFESTO
A new generation of beatfreaks are taking the
breaks template into new mongrel territory.
SEALED WITH A KISS
Deep house master Phonique is back with a
seductive summer LP ‘Kissing Strangers’.
FROM OMG TO MIA
Things are kicking off big style for Rusko — the
rowdiest soundboy in dubstep.
comin’ up
Acid house pioneers unite for good
cause with Last Night A DJ Saved
My Life
Fashion
The Rave Goblin
Bitchin’
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The We Fear Silence crew take
over Cable’s Saturday night
programming
The best raves in the land this
month
We tag British hip-hop DJ Yasmin at
South Africa’s H20 party
On the road with James Zabiela
Hyp! Hyp! Hyp! at Brixton’s Plan B
music
Killers — this month’s essential
anthems
In the Bag — Style Of Eye
Singles
Albums
Compilations
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Tech news, including the latest
news on Pioneer’s CDJ350 and
DJM350
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BALEARIC BLISS!
You can’t beat Ibiza. Despite all the blathering about Eastern
Europe, Malta and Greece, there really is no substitute for the
party island. And as a new season dawns, you can bet there’ll
be a whole new generation discovering the island’s many
charms.
It’s a complex blend of ingredients that gives Ibiza its
enduring appeal. On the one hand arguably the world’s best
clubs. On the other, a beautiful landscape, climate and plenty
of unspoiled beaches, and an indefatigable Balearic culture
that gives the island a unique spirit that keeps people
returning to it again and again.
But crucially, it’s because Ibiza moves with the times that it’s
been able to keep its crown. This year, techno playboys Seth
Troxler and Jamie Jones are the new faces of a reinvigorated
DC10; arch electronic iconoclast Aphex Twin is due to play at
Space’s We Love party, a strange and wonderful, if bizarre
thing; and Luciano brings his encyclopaedic knowledge and
off the scale skills to Pacha — another huge curveball.
There’re fresh surprises and experiences to be had around
every corner, and for Ibiza veterans and virgins, it’s looking
like a delicious prospect indeed. Another hazy summer
season on the White Isle, and pure Balearic bliss, beckons.
DJmag can’t wait!
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Back to Love
Acid house pioneers support DJ charity
THESE DAYS top-name jocks are less likely to save your life
than they are to play an overblown set of identikit Beatport
bangers, attempt to steal your girlfriend, then have you
thrown out of the VIP area by their burly crew of minders
because they’ve thrown some kind of bearded diva hissy-fit.
Which means it’s the original mad heads of the Summer Of
Love who are behind Last Night A DJ Saved My Life, a new
charity based around the motto ‘unity, community and
serious fun’. Set up last year by Ibiza-based Jonny Lee at the
same time as his production company Follow Your Heart, and
inspired by taking part in charity fun runs, its aim is to raise
funds and awareness for humanitarian and environmental
causes.
With Shoom’s Danny Rampling, a friend of Jonny’s since
they met in Thailand in 1991 where he was running a bar
called The Vinyl Café, Mark Wilkinson and Nancy Noise as
ambassadors, the charity launches on May 29th at Ibiza’s
International Music Summit before a series of events in
London beginning Saturday 5th June, World Environmental
Day, raising money for Survival International who support
indigenous tribes.
With a screening of They Call It Acid – The Movie, a film on
the acid house movement, in Soho in the afternoon, the
evening welcomes The Acid House Effect, a night of pioneer-
ing DJs at Corsica Studios, with a line-up including Alfredo,
Nancy Noise, Steve Proctor, Trevor Fung, Toddla T mentor
Winston Hazel, Colin Hudd, and fellow Steel City resident
(where Jonny is also originally from) Chris Duckenfield.
The following night at The Light Bar it’s Balearic Mystique,
the party Jonny started in Ibiza last year and has grown
into a Balearic DJ agency. With Danny Rampling heading
up a roll-call of talent such as Ross Allen, Balearic Mike,
Mancunian legend Moonboots, A Man Called Adam and DJ
History’s Bill Brewster, it promises a diverse selection of
dancefloor beats.
“I’ve had various contacts with shamen,” explains Jonny,
who’s been going to Ibiza since 1987, on his support for
Survival. “Quite a few different people come to Ibiza from
Uruguay, Ecuador and Brazil, and I’ve heard stories of their
tribes being displaced. There’s a real breakdown of commu-
nity when the mining companies try to take over the land.
It’s exactly what the Avatar movie represents.
“I’m trying to bring together the dance tribes, as we’re all
part of a tribe in a roundabout way so it’s kind of one world,
one love, one tribe.”
Clichéd though it may sound to those who’ve grown-up a
generation removed in an era when clubbing has become a
mainstream leisure activity, with all cynical money-making
activity that goes with it, it’s this original spirit of commu-
nity which is driving the whole endeavor.
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ENVY
‘Normal’
Stop/Start
Fresh from her venomous co-lead vocal with Riz MC
on Losers’ debut single ‘Flush’, this sees the
brilliant young Mancunian spit blood onto a CD. If
Eminem was a Manc, and a girl, this is what he’d
sound like. It’s like a vocal machine gun and comes
with an awesome mix by rising dubstep star, SkisM.
UNICORN KID
‘Dream Catcher’
Data
He was the Head (Secret) Gardener’s top tip from
South By Southwest this year, “best performance I
saw”. Expect big things now Data have got hold of
this progressive Scotsman who makes lovely,
wonky, bleepy dubstep.
ETIENNE DE CRECY
‘Hope (Remixes)’
Legend of the Gallic old guard, this is the tune he’s
been dropping from his mad colour-box live show.
The original will excite all us side-chain compressor
lovers, and the excellent Djedjotronic mix makes a
marvellous Crookers impersonation.
NOISIA
‘Split The Atom’
Vision
The producers that have all other producers
scratching their heads, or running scared, deliver
the biggest kick that dance music arse has felt for
quite some time. This is a thing of true shock and
awe. Buy it. RIGHT NOW!
CAMO & CROOKED
‘History Of The Future’
Audioporn
These boys prove their brutal Hadouken remix
wasn’t a fluke with this bonkers tune that flits
gorgeously between drum & bass and electro. Big.
Eddy Temple-Morris presents ‘The Remix’ every
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“There was a strong spirit, that was what was so fresh about
it,” recalls Danny Rampling on the early days of acid. “It was
new and it created this unity consciousness between many
networks of people. That was what was so powerful about it.”
“The whole thinking and philosophy behind Balearic has never
really changed,” Rampling adds when asked about his own DJ
set at the event. “Everything gets pigeon-holed and put into
genres now and Balearic is an openness to music really. It’s a
warm, lush sound.”
With plans to take the charity global from the winter, Jonny is
a hive of activity gearing up to run Balearic Mystique weekly
in Ibiza this summer. He’s also going to be “co-producing a
Balearic festival with the guys from Folk in Manchester” from
22nd – 26th July and putting on “an event called Earth Dance
Ibiza which is part of this global network. It’s on September
18th and it’s in about 200 locations in 50 counties. It’s the
world’s largest synchronized dance event which also raises
money for charity.”
Just don’t mention rave.
“I cringe at that word,” says Jonny. “I was an acid house
clubber before the gangsters got involved and you had the
moodiness and commercial element. Acid house to me was a
really positive ethos and a major part in social change at the
time. Rave was the demise of acid house.”
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BOSTON OUT!
Soul Clap bring the Efunk
WITH PLENTY OF HOUSE stuck in the
groove of endlessly recycling and looping
up snippets of its own past, there’s a new
breed of producers who are taking their
inspirations from less obvious, more
oblique sources to create a sound that both
tips its head to the past while also striding
firmly ahead of the pack into the future.
In this respect, Boston’s Soul Clap, aka Eli
Goldstein and Charles Levin, aka Cnyce and
Elyte, aka Chaz Shabaz and E-Heavy, really
are as cosmically out there as their adopted
umbrella term of Efunk (“everybody’s
freaky under nature’s kingdom”) implies.

Part of Wolf + Lamb’s extended family,
the pair became involved with the Marcy
Hotel’s influential circle of producers
and DJs after Eli and Charlie, friends
since high school and a DJ/production
partnership since being booked to play
together in Washington in 2001, sent Zev
Eisenberg a re-edit of Stevie Wonder’s
‘Love Light’ which he snapped up for Wolf
+ Lamb Black in 2007, their vinyl-only
label, before finally releasing it last year.
“When we did mixes we’d always make
custom versions of songs to put them on

the mix to make it more interesting,” Eli
tells DJmag over the phone from a road
trip, “add an acappella on top, extend a
different part or take off some of the rap,”
a fact born out on their recent Efunk mix-
tape which throws a re-edited Miles Davis
into the mix alongside Slick Rick and Zapp
for a tempo-tampering drop top Caddy
ride through Soul Clap’s world, and can
be heard throughout June as they post a
classic mix each week on their podcast.
Their latest single for Wolf + Lamb Black
sees them taking Jaime Foxx down a dark,
sexy, slo-mo house route, alongside R Kelly
and Lonnie Liston Smith re-edits, and
marks the end of their bootlegging.
Instead, Soul Clap are now concentrating
on a wave of original material that follows
recent remixes for Suol, No.19 Music and
Wolf + Lamb.
Out now is the ‘Joint Custody EP’, a
collaboration with Wolf + Lamb’s Gadi
Mizrahi on his new vinyl-only Double
Standard Records, which features booming
808s aplenty. “The most important reason
we’re going back to vinyl is because we love
record stores,” says Eli. “Boston record
shops were where everyone met and
taught us so much growing up. So we’re
trying to keep them alive.”
Also available are the ‘Clapz II Dogz EP’
on Glasstable Records, a joint release
with Dirty Bird signings Catz and Dogz,
and the debut of Boston super-group
SECT, which adds Ross Tanner (one half
of Mothership’s Voodeux) and Boston
after-hours legend Sergio Santos to the
Soul Clap mix, for an EP of the deepest,
dopest slow-jams on LA-based Culprit.
But it’s their July EP for Crosstown Rebels
that is set to land the Soul Clap mothership
firmly on terra firma. Featuring their first
original vocal on ‘Action/Satisfaction’
(“we bought that off the guy for $40,”
interjects Charlie), the stoned crunk-funk
of ‘Noneadatwhitestar’, the result of an
afternoon jam between Sergio Mendez’s
girlfriend and Charlie (“this dude is working
40 hours to be somebody, his girlfriend gets
out of bed once and ends up on Crosstown
Rebels,” he laughs) and ‘Break 4 Life’, an
official reworking of Goldie’s ‘Timeless’, it
distils their myriad influences into a potent
Efunk brew.
“We’re trying to bring basslines back to
the dancefloor and change the way people
dance. No more techno sidestep. We want
winding ‘n grinding and romance,” says
Eli. “If people aren’t getting laid at the end
of the night we’re not doing our job.”
Read the full interview online now at
djmag.com
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“I really love looking forward in the music
scene, and an amazing dawn for new labels
and new music is going on. 2010 is when I
will release my first album and a new label is
on the way too, something more musical
from what I have done in the past. The dOP
album is planned for the second part of the
year too, that’s gonna be huge. Me and lots
of friends are also going back to vinyl, even
if I never stopped buying it.”
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WHAT’S ON
THE OFFICE
STEREO?
IN ASSOCIATION
WITH
The music that’s been keeping us sane
while putting this issue together…
01. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
‘Blood Pressure feat Riko’ (Greco-Roman)
02. Wolf + Lamb
‘Love Someone’ (Wolf + Lamb)
03. Various
‘International Deejay Gigolos 12’ (Gigolo)
04. Michael Mayer
‘Immer 3’ (Kompakt)
05. Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno
‘Dog On A Rope’ (Tru Thoughts)
06. Delorean
‘Subiza’ (True Panther Sounds)
07. Blondes
‘Touched’ (Merok)
08. Kabuki
‘Generation X (Eveson 140 Refix)’ (V
Recordings)
09. Fred Everything
‘Om Masters’ (Om)
10. Hot City
‘Another Girl’ (Moshi Moshi)
I 2010
SEUIL
Todd Terje flips the script
IN A GENRE constantly treading the fine-line between
serious muso credentials and a taste for music that wanders
into the incredulously cheesy, Todd Terje (or Terje Olsen to
his mates) has always been a welcome breath of fresh air.
The disco DJ with a difference, Terje’s ‘Remaster of the
Universe’ compilation, a collection of his greatest re-edits,
remixes and originals, displays all the tongue-in-cheek
humour of a man who chose his name because it sounds
a bit like Todd Terry while boasting more puns than your
typical DJmag article (check out Kacic Kullmann’s Five’s
‘Terjelator’). It even covers Ace Of Base’s ‘All That She Wants’
in a dub-stylee.
“It’s more if I can play something that’s bad and make it
work,” he says of this obvious disdain for prescribed cool.
“I’m not an Ace Of Base fan but I had the idea it would be fun
to take, on one hand extreme poppiness, and on the other
extreme dubbiness. This is my playable compromise.”
With an effortless ability to turn tracks like M’s ‘Pop Musik’
into Balearic belters, the compilation includes his cosmic
Turkish take on Simon Baker’s ‘Plastik’ and a polka ‘cover’ of
his euro-synth classic, ‘Eurodans’, by New Mjøndalen Disco
Swinger. “It’s a tribute band from my home town.”
With an infectious party mix and a second CD with unmixed
tracks, a separate 7” and 12” feature previously unreleased
tracks from the compilation.
While Terje is keen for the release to mark the end of his
re-edit proclivity, there are one or two unfinished projects
which could yet see the light of day.
“I tried to do ‘The Conga’ but I didn’t get too far,” he admits
on his most unlikely re-edit. “Usually I have problems finding
something good because you have so much crap. But in this
case the 12” version had so much percussion there were too
many ways to go!”
SOLID GROOVE
Fat! Records drops second release from
Randomer and Fife
The reinvigorated Fat! Records has just released the double-sided ‘Too Many
Times/Slum City’ from the double-headed beast of Randomer and Fife.
With the former track a perfect slice of future-garage, all skittering beats,
cut-up female vocals and warm stabs, and the latter adding some nasty bass
tones and four-four underpinning to the action, it emphasises exactly the
kind of hybrid post-breaks sounds that Chew The Fat! has embraced lately.
Supported by Gilles Peterson and Mary Anne Hobbs, a further forthcoming
release for Soul Jazz, and solo Randomer EP for Instru:mental’s Autonomic,
means you’ll hear plenty more from this pair this year.
CREDIT TO THE
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TOM DEMAC
‘Crewcuts & Curls’
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GEDDES
With remixes from Wolf + Lamb,
Jamie Jones and Luke Solomon
there really is something for
everyone here, a must-have EP in
my opinion. From peak time to early
morning after hours, I’ve had such
fun playing all of the mixes
attached to Tom’s original EP. Wolf
+ Lamb take ‘In Your Eyes’ and slow
everything down, stripping it back
to bare bones and give it an
awesome bassline, Jamie takes
‘Crewcuts & Curls’ and forges a
vocal workout while Luke takes the
same track and does something
truly amazing and inspiring. One of
the best releases on murmur so far.
Grum drops his debut album
HEART TO
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CIAV MAY SUPER MIX
CIAV, aka Daniel Ciavarella of
Melbourne, Australia, may have
only played out a few times but -
judging from this mix - any canny
promoters should track him down
pronto because boy got game!
Starting out with Matthew Herbert’s
beautiful ‘Leipzeg’, Ciav journeys
through the cream of nu-disco and
deep house, Pollyester’s ‘German
Love Letter’ and Henrik Schwarz’s
stoned-cold classic ‘Feeling You’
proving he still has an ear for
soaring sing-a-long potential.
soundcloud.com/ciav
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If you’ve heard the inevitable comparisons
between Grum and Mylo, then you now
know who to blame.
“It was my dad’s music,” admits Grum, aka
Graeme Shepherd, on the heavy shadow of
pop legends like ELO, Fleetwood Mac and
The Human League over his debut album
‘Heartbeats’, alongside influences such as
Daft Punk more analogous with his youthful
24 years of age. “It’s driving music. I used
to hate it at the time but as I got older I just
came back to it.”
Out now on Heartbeats, it follows plenty of
blog heat since the Scotsman first
appeared, while the release of killer singles
(and album tracks) ‘Heartbeats’ and ‘Can’t
Shake This Feeling’ point to the kind of
potentially chart-topping melody maker
being snaffled up by the biggest vocalists in
the US at the moment.
“I’ve moved in a poppier direction from my
first tracks which came out two years ago
but I’m really happy to have the album out
there as I’m really proud of it,” explains
Graeme of the album’s looming crossover
appeal. “When I started on the record I
wanted to make something a bit more
memorable than just an electronic dance
record.”
As such the long roll-call of guest vocalists
includes Canadian electro-pop duo (and
childhood sweet-hearts) Electric Youth,
whose performance on ‘Turn It Up’ sounds
like a lost Streetwave classic, and house
legend Romanthony on the album’s biggest
dancefloor killer, the aptly-titled electro
pile-driver ‘Power’. “I know quite a lot of his
work and obviously his track with Daft Punk
was massive. It’s a cool little nod towards
them,” Grum says.
Another stand-out track destined, no
doubt, to find itself as the backing to a
high-end advert, probably to the horror of
music purists everywhere, is a vocodered
cover of David Bowie’s ‘Fashion’.
“It started out as more of a remix I did for
someone. It was originally an electro-house
cover,” he replies when quizzed about the
obvious risks in choosing to mess with an
iconic track from such a universally revered
artist. “He wasn’t even that big an
influence. If you listen it’s almost a
mash-up with Stevie Nicks’ ‘Stand Back’,” he
adds, referencing the ’80s anthem which
also formed the basis of Linus Loves’ far less
subtle Match Of The Day anthem, ‘The
Terrace’, a track originally released on
Mylo’s Breastfed label.
With Grum’s eye-catching artwork — based
around square barcodes — also designed by
The Phantom, who created the look of
Mylo’s ‘Destroy Rock & Roll’, what does he
think about the possibility of being in
competition with the man from the Isle Of
Skye?
“We’re quite similar in a way, but we’re quite
different too,” laughs Grum. “His new stuff
seems to have gone more underground, a
bit Booka Shadey and cooler, whereas I’ve
gone the other way. I’m interested to hear
him come back. I’m sure he’s got a big track
nobody’s heard yet, so I’m quite looking
forward to it.”
It’s this kind of generous humility that
underlies Grum’s fashionable exterior, and
despite the imminent release of his album,
plus confirmed summer festival dates at
London’s T In The Park and Creamfields,
where he’ll unveil his new live show, he’s
still coming to terms with the idea of fame
as illustrated by the time he heard
Aeroplane drop one of his tracks at Space.
“It was my remix of Freeland. It was just one
of those moments where I was really
enjoying it, then sloped off to the bar. It
was the first time I’d properly heard one of
my tracks in a club. It was really nice, my
friends were going mental but I’m quite a
quiet guy.”
Expect, instead, to hear Grum’s music doing
the talking this summer.
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Having been given Wolf + Lamb’s ‘Since when do
Jews make techno?’ stickers, here’s a blast of the
equally unlikely Matisyahu, an American Hasidic
Jew, reggae artist and badman beatboxer.
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With some even more brain-boggling vocal effects,
Bobby McFerrin (singer of ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy’)
performs some multiphonic singing at Montreal in
2005. Sick.
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Festival season is upon us with more
choices than ever before (minus poor
Glade) so Adam Buxton puts his designer
welly boot into the Big Chill generation
and their picnic hampers.
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British Airways launched their new Ibiza service, flying out of London City Airport, on
29th May — ensuring clubbers can arrive at the White Isle in style.
With all-inclusive one-way fares available to book on BA.com from £69, the service most
definitely includes frills with complimentary food and drink, free baggage allowance,
free online check-in and seat selection 24-hours before departure.
Flights begin on Mondays, Fridays and Sundays, flying out between 7am and 1pm
and returning between 11am and 5.50pm, while an additional Wednesday flight is
scheduled for the season’s peak in July and August.
Jumping aboard a brand new Embraer 190 aircraft, ravers can get from the heart of the
capital to the beach, or terrace, in less than three hours — perfect for a weekend break.
And for those who fancy some sun without the temptation of the world’s largest clubs,
BA are also launching flights to Majorca.
PROGRESSIVE HOUSE ruled the ‘90s and beyond before being
overshadowed by bleepier, more minimal forms of house but its melodic
legacy has never died. It’s been re-imagined and redefined by a generation
of artists brought up on the sound of Sasha, Digweed and co.
“I used to love everything Bedrock did,” says Guy J proudly, the Israeli-
born, Belgium-based artist currently preparing his second album for the
label after 2008’s critically acclaimed debut ‘Esperanza’. “I have loads of
vinyl from years ago so it was a dream to be part of it. It’s a big thing for
me.”
Purveyor of lush mood music that touches as much on the experimentalism
of James Holden as the heroes whose footsteps he’s following in, Guy’s ear
for emotive, spine-tingling chords is matched by an appreciation of tougher
dancefloor sensibilities, too.
“I don’t consider myself as only progressive. It’s good to find other labels
to release music on,” he says of the tracks that have also appeared on Tiga’s
hip Turbo label. “It’s hard to give what I do one name. It’s not really tech-
house, it’s more progressive-techno. These days, everyone has more than
one sound.”
As such his new album comes in two parts, one CD of chill-out downtempo
material and a second featuring a brand new selection of previously
unreleased dance material. “I’ve done around 70 percent. But the
remaining 30 percent is very important!” he laughs.
This summer will see him testing the album out with appearances at a
number of festivals including his spiritual home of the Bedrock Arena at
South West Four on Saturday 28th August.
“I’m going to play more original tracks and edits that I’ve made than when
I usually play, more big stuff,” he says of the challenge in tackling such a
huge crowd. “I’m playing with Ableton and a midi-controller but I’m hoping
to add instruments, my synth and maybe some drum machines in the
future.”
“It’s not really live, it’s semi-live,” he adds of this current set-up. “Half live,
half dead!”
CHORD MEMORY
Guy J and the return of melody
BA LAND
IN IBIZA
World’s favourite
airline on the
world’s favourite
island
BACK TO ‘86
Reader donates DJmag history
We took a trip down memory lane recently when an
avid reader dropped in his collection of DJmags and
our earlier pre-1991 guise, Jocks.
Donated by Matt Maurice, who spent the
late ‘80s and ‘90s DJing as Vinyl Matt
(appearing in DJmag for an article on
pirate radio) before playing celebrity
hangouts in the noughties and
setting up a successful music and
DJ consultation company, the
collection marks 24 years of
collecting since the age of 17.
Stretching back to 1986 when
Edwin Starr fronted the first
Jocks, our personal favourites
include April 1988’s cover star Steve
Wright (who banned acid house
from his Radio One show) and
December 1990’s combination of
rave experimentalist The Scientist
and pop-rapper MC Hammer.
“My favourite era was ‘88 to ‘92 when
the dance scene for me exploded,”
recalls Matt. “Then 2003 to 2004
when I managed to get bootleg of
the month every other issue with my
music productions!”
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CROYDON COUNCIL
Kavsrave and his South-East bass crew
CROYDON residents already seem to be born with a gene that facilitates the making of bass music. So when your
best mates growing-up are A1 Bassline and Joy Orbison, it’s both nature and nurture propelling you into a life of
low-frequency manipulation.
“I’ve known Christian, A1 Bassline, since I was about eight-years-old,” says Kavsrave, aka Jamie Kavanagh,
casually of his Southern Fried-signed friend. “We first became friends through playing mini-league football.
And I’ve known Pete, Joy Orbison, since I was about 11,” he adds of future garage’s current hot property. “We all
used to get together at weekends for a mix, playing garage and d&b.”
It seems only logical that his first ‘Quotes EP’ (out now) has just dropped on purveyors of shimmering electronic
crunchiness, Numbers. Sounding like the playlist of a pay-as-you-go mobile on the back of the 154 twisted
through a cerebral beat machine programmed by the best minds of Detroit, San Francisco and Glasgow, ‘PClart’
and ‘Tightly Closed’ are cloaked in r&b’s sweetness while containing the metallic exo-skeleton of a Cyberdyne-
manufactured dancefloor killer. There are already talks of a follow-up, but in the meantime, collaborations are
underway with Tek-One and Al Bassline, the latter pairing having already produced last year’s blog bomb ‘Lucky
Charms’, a slice of euphoric rave-infused dubstep. A further project with old school garage legends Dem 2 is also
on the cards.
“I’m also doing a guest mix for Mary Anne Hobbs on June 9th which I’m really looking forward to,” Jamie adds
of the Radio 1 tastemaker most responsible for breaking new bass acts. “She’s given me so much support, along
with the likes of Sinden.”
And with new friends like these, it doesn’t take a genius to realize big things are on the way.
WHILE THE WINE-WASTING, freedom fry-naming antics
of George Bush-era America suggested the country
once had an uneasy relationship with France, the arrival
of Human Life, three friends from LA, seems to have
healed that rift.
A collaboration between DJ/producer Joshua Collins,
who has over 200 releases to his name, vocalist Matt
Wasley, and producer, DJ and vocalist Rachel Star, the
former two met at the party of a mutual Swedish house
producer friend, Rachel joining after hearing their
initial forays together.
Debut single ‘In It Together’, released 7th June on
LIFEX Records, combines the warm wandering funk bass
of classic French house with the kind of electro-pop
falsetto that could come from a Kitsune track, a huge
rave-synth-filled breakdown igniting all elements and
blasting them off into space.
With a host of remixes from Kris Menace, Acid Girls,
Jaymo & Andy George and Louis La Roche adding vari-
ous dancefloor slants, the group’s je ne sais quoi has
already captured the attention of the legendary Alan
Braxe.
“We’ve been a fan since his Roulé releases,” says Matt,
telling how the band met him at the WMC two years ago
and sent him a demo that he then signed. “After that
he called us and said he was coming to LA and wanted
to produce some music with us. It was an absolutely
amazing experience to get to work with him and see the
way he operates.”
The result, ‘The Vulture EP’, drops sometime around
October and is preceded by second single ‘Wherever We
Are’, which already has remixes lined-up from Grum and
Boston’s Nightriders.
With their live show combining Ableton Live with live
bass, keyboards and vocals, a US tour starts in the sum-
mer before they hit the UK and Europe in the autumn.
“It seems to be a lot of people from around the world
are moving here as they realise the weather is amazing
and it’s the place to be,” adds Matt of LA’s growing
influence. “People like Switch and Adam Freeland live
here now. It’s a bit of a dance music Mecca, at least in
the States.”
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Lady Waks
THE DIMINUTIVE LADY WAKS can probably lay claim to
being Russia’s No.1 international DJ, as she is the one who
plays all over the world. Alexandra grew up in St Petersburg
and got into electronic music through breakdancing and
hip-hop parties.
After scoring a hip-hop show on Radio Records, the
biggest Russian radio station, she started putting on the
InBeatWeTrust nights with hip-hop in the main room and
electronic music in the other. The first international DJ she
booked was Terry Ryan from Atomic Hooligan and — as she
started to get into this faster music — she started to bring
over lots of other people from the UK and Europe to play
for her.
A cracking DJ herself now, Waks has also recently started
InBeatWeTrust Music and plans to keep doing parties in
Russia, release more productions, and continue to play
all over the world.
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When did you start to DJ out yourself?
“I think it was 2003. It went really quickly, I hadn’t thought
about being a club DJ at first. Then DJ Quest gave me some
records and I acquired a lot more, and I played the first
set of my own party in the second room. I played another
club a few times, and at the same time I was working at the
biggest Russian event company in St Petersburg. We ran
the May Day event for 20,000 people, and they put me on
the line-up. I said ‘No, I’m not ready to do that!’, but I did
the first set. I thought maybe it would be empty at that
time, but people rushed in like water as soon as the doors
opened.
“I was standing on stage and it was such an amazing
feeling. I hadn’t even done a big club gig before, but I just
fell in love with the whole thing. I started to buy more
records, and people started to book me.”

Why did you end up playing breakbeat?
“I love broken beats. I play hip-hop at some private parties
sometimes, I play funk or trip-hop and hip-hop, and in my
breaks sets I sometimes play some hip-hop — in Germany
it works well. So I play all kinds of broken beats, except
drum & bass, really.”

Your parties InBeatWeTrust got really big, didn’t they?
“Not really big, the location fits about 1000 people. The
most people I had in the club was 1800 the whole night,
not all at the same time. But then we did InBeatWeTrust
parties and festivals all over Russia to introduce the people
to breakbeat. I know that we’ve pioneered breakbeat in
Russia, because after we did a party in a city a promoter
would then do their own breakbeat party — which was
good. We started something, and it’s still growing.
“Russia is so big with so many different kinds of people
in so many cities. If breakbeat exists in a city, it’s big. But
there are a lot of cities where people have no idea what it
is. The most famous style is drum & bass, it’s what most
young people who start to go out get into, and techno is
quite big. Breaks and drum & bass are the biggest styles in
St Petersburg.”
What made you want to do the piss-take track ‘Minimal’
with Hardy Hard?
“We were on tour in Germany, it was my first tour with
Westbam and Hardy Hard, and we were touring for a couple
of months around Europe. It was really strange to see how
minimal had taken over in Germany, it had got really big
and people loved it but we didn’t really understand how.
We decided to do a joke track especially for the tour, and
in the end it was released on Menu Music and made a lot
of sales. We didn’t expect this at all — it was a joke, the
production was really simple.”

Are you happy at how success has come to you
comparatively quickly?
“I wouldn’t say it’s quickly, it’s taken me a long time to
get to this point. I’ve done parties for no-one, I had no
attention or feedback for such a long time. The parties
suddenly got full, it has been quite a long road for me. I’m
just happy I didn’t give it up in that time!”
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THE LATEST WAVE OF ARTISTS announced to play South West Four in London on
August bank holiday includes giants of house Pete Tong, Laidback Luke and Layo &
Bushwacka. And as if that wasn’t enough, SW4 also welcomes Erick Morillo for an
exclusive London festival performance, plus massive trance stars Sander Van
Doorn and Marco B playing back to back.
With last year’s event selling out weeks in advance, we have a superb prize
consisting not only of two tickets for the entire weekend event but also accommo-
dation in a nearby hotel for both Saturday and Sunday night, allowing the winner
to sleep off both days excesses.
The mouth-watering line-up of Saturday 28th August continues with the king of
Bedrock himself, John Digweed, heading up the Bedrock Arena, plus trance
heavyweights Paul Oakenfold and Judge Jules revisiting The Gallery Arena.
“I consider myself pretty lucky to be playing every year at SW4,” says the man
known as Diggers. “It’s the sixth time in a row that I’ve been at the festival and it’s
just one of those sort of landmark gigs that every DJ wants to play at now.”
Newly announced for Sunday 29th are the cream of Radio One with Kissy Sell Out,
Jaymo and Andy George, and recent winner of Sony’s Best Specialist Music
Programme, Zane Lowe, choosing SW4 for his only London festival appearance this
summer, bringing the big stage noise.
“This year will be the first time I have had the honour of playing a set at SW4 and
I’m already flicking through my records, anticipating the hi-jinx that will ensue on
the day as I take to the decks alongside established acts I’ve had huge respect for
since I was a tot!” says Kissy Sell Out in typically understated fashion.
The Radio One bods are joined by king of ghetto bass, Hervé, and Dim Mak’s
Steve Aoki, unleashing the finest in brain-shaking electro, dubstep and other
sounds that pack more bounce to the ounce.
Day two also sees the arrival of a name that’s become synonymous with the festival
- Carl Cox. He returns to Clapham Common to host his Carl Cox & Friends Arena
alongside techno lords Dubfire and Adam Beyer, London institution Layo &
Bushwacka and German duo M.A.N.D.Y.
“Last year SW4 was a lovely day with a really good festival energy,” says Layo. “It’s
amazing that from 2.30 in the afternoon the place is completely rocking which is
fantastic to see, and obviously in the heart of London it’s easy to get home. The
fact it’s in London, the energy of the place, the talent playing and the professional
way it’s run makes it very enjoyable to play at. All the kind of things
you look for from a festival.”
For the chance to join these acts, plus a whole
load of others including global superstar
Fatboy Slim, just answer this question:
Which DJ is headlining South West Four on Saturday?
E-mail you answers to joe.roberts@djmag.com. The winner will be chosen at
random from the correct answers and announced on 30th June.
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Bring on the outdoors! We’re good and ready for the festival
season. We know which ones we’re going to and who we
want to see, but what to wear is a whole other conundrum…
Camping it up…
WHETHER IT’S YOUR DRINK OF CHOICE OR
NOT, there’s no denying the iconic white
bottle with its palm tree and sunset
branding is easily recognizable.
This summer, the coconut rum will be
flowing as they launch the ‘Malibu by U’
campaign — encouraging fans to design
their own label. Visit Malibu-rum.com/byu
where you can either upload your creation
or work on it directly on the site.
Best three entries win trips to Rio, Las
Vegas or Barbados!
We’ve been given five of the limited edition
bottles to give away to our lucky readers.
Send in an email titled Malibu By U, with
your birth date and address to
helene.stokes@djmag.com.
Essential Selection
Bottoms up to Malibu with their art attack
FASHION
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01. LACOSTE
£120
lacoste.co.uk
02. SCHOTT
SHORTS
£60
asos.com
03. PATONGS
£12
patongs.com
04. NOBIS
£26
nobis.ca
05. 55DSL
jacket
55dsl.com
06. JANSPORT
£49.99
jansport.com
07. SCHOLL
£60
scholl.com
What are you wearing right now?
“Ha, ha, amazing first question! At
the moment I’m in my Björn Borg
boxer shorts in the studio. I just had
a powernap!
“But seriously today was a good
sunny day, so I went to a theme park
with my girl, which means lots of
walking, therefore easy clothing —
Nike Air Jordans, as always, Puma
socks, they rock! Some brand less
expensive semi-skater like pants — I
like some space down there! My new
Buddha to Buddha hoodie, a shirt
and some easy Ray Ban sunglasses.”
Favourite designers/labels?
“The guys who create the crazy
Nikes! I was in some crazy sneaker
stores in Miami, usually they don’t
have my shoe size (15) so my choice
is always thinned. I saw some shoes
so sick I wanted to buy them just so
I could look at them sometimes!
“Also the big Buddha to Buddha
bracelets are sick, they are my
sponsor now, but before they were
I’d already bought some stuff from
them. Expensive but really cool!”
Favourite boutique?
“Jaycee’s or something at Lincoln in
Miami, they always have some crazy
clothes, Urban Outfitters did some
funny-ass shirts. And the internet is
really having a clothing revolution
at the moment! There are so many
online shops.”
How do you like to shop?
“I like to shop with my girlfriend or
stylists, because they help me when
it comes down to making choices.
That makes it easier when I really do
not know what to choose. And I
don’t have to carry any bags.”
Essential festival item?
“My Rolex, it is my ‘Afrojack Prize’, it
always reminds me of how I started
with absolutely nothing and also
that, if you put your mind to
something, you can do whatever
you want to do! And a Rolex always
looks cool.”
Most treasured item?
“My Buddha to Buddha bracelet, it
weighs like 300 grams, so it feels
natural now.”
What have you got in the pipeline?
“It’s going to be crazy — I have a lot
of tracks coming out. My
collaborations with David Guetta,
some of my own productions and
some tracks I can’t say anything
about! I’m going to do two tours in
the US in June and I’m really excited
about that because it’s going to be
the first time I will be touring the
US (I did the WMC twice but no tours
yet). And of course I will be in Ibiza
this summer! Let the summer
begin!”
WHAT A SITE!
Ducking and diving on
the internet
CHANGINGHABBITS.ORG
OK, so it’s terribly fashionable to
think green and tot up your eco
enhancements, but it’s also
essential and, well, real. Join this
organization, calculate your carbon
footprint, learn loads about what
you should and shouldn’t be doing.
Pass it on. Well, it’s a start.
CROOKEDTONGUES.COM
It wasn’t that long ago that we
plugged this sneaker friendly
online paradise – when something
is this good it gets the respect it
deserves. Visit and weep. Sign up
for updates at your peril!
THISFESTIVALFEELING.
COM
With so much going on over the
summer, it’s damn near a full-time
job keeping track of everything.
TFF does a whole lot of legwork on
your behalf and we’re happy to
share the love.
FASHION
What you wearing?
AFROJACK
It’s all about the threads…
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SLAP US SIDEWAYS, the goods just keep on coming. Kangol
are offering DJmag readers five of their Panama Trilbies — a
natty classic that’ll bust up some serious cool points. As ever
there’s a tasty mix of traditional and technical ingredients
that go into the designs on their SS10 collection.
Kangol rock up the finest of looks and remain one of those
labels that fit happily with street cred and underground
sensibilities. Obviously.
Get grabbing with an email titled Kangol Competition to
helene.stokes@djmag.com telling her
your hat size and which festival you will be attending this
summer — cos she’s nosy like that!
SHADY DEALS
Kangol make exceedingly good hats…
GOOD WOOD
Kulte create wooden sunglasses
with designers Waiting For The Sun.
KELIS
KELIS launches her latest
album, the electro-kissed
‘Flesh Tone’, with a string of
glittering dates across the UK
that takes in Glastonbury, The
Coronet, G.A.Y. and The Big
Chill. She’s been working with
some hot-to-trot producers
like Boys Noize, Free School,
Benny Benassi, David Guetta
and The Crookers — we’re keen
to see how this will affect her
live performances.
Ever the style goddess, Kelis’
current look lavishes in the
direction of Grace Jones/
Gaga-esque — a pastiche of
diamante, Indian and
tribal-bling inspirations. You
go, girl!
Artists that make fashion sense
TAKING THINGS up a notch or two, Kulte are quite
literally going back to their roots with a range of
sunglasses handmade from 100% wood. A delightful
case of nature versus nurture. Take a peek at their
online introduction to the range and
we think you’ll concur that it’s extra
special and worthy of a piece of your
hard-earned. Our personal faves are
the aviator styles, mainly because
their model is a whole hunk of spunk
bear! Hang on to those hormones.
Anyways, if you ask our opinion,
they’re a snip at 135 Euros, and they
also come in a sweet ‘Toblerone’-type
case with a lovely piece of cloth.
Waitingforthesun.fr
FASHION
CAMP ECO… Think twice about your
camping equipment this season. Green Tent
Company offer recyclable tents at buff
prices. They’ve teamed up with The Big Chill
and are offering special contra deals online.
Thegreententcompany.co.uk
FEIYUE
GOOD…
Finally the Feiyue
t-shirts are dropping.
We’re fans of their
footwear and now
we’re smitten with the
tees — £33 from
feiyu-shoes.com.
SMELL YOU LATER… News that
Mason Martin Margiela are to release their
first collection of fragrances, Line 3, has got
us in a right ol’ tizz. First reports speak of
sweet jasmine and musky cedar… bliss.
WIZE UP… Wize
and Ope watches are
busting out a
collection of edgy
timepieces with
colours aplenty and a
touch of bling if you
fancy. Find a tasteful
range starting at £45
at muazo.com
ROLL UP… Whether it’s a t-shirt or a
short-sleeved shirt, you’ll be needing to roll
up the sleeves for the fetching summer look
that just about says it all.
LISTEN
UP… Damn it
all, WESC
headphones still
rule. Just when
we were about
to switch our
loyalties, along
come these
super colourful,
summer
sunshine pairs.
£46.75 from
yukka.co.uk
LESS IS MORE...
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thinking musings
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LITTLE KIDS AND
MAD FESTIVALS
DON’T MIX!
Y
ou can smell it in the air: that musky twang
of spliffs, cider and turd-ravaged portaloos.
It must be festival season! Now, as little as
10 years ago, that meant the nation’s young-
sters spending life-changing weekends dancing like
bozos, guzzling back stimulants and — most importantly
of all — taking a break from boring ‘real world’ stuff
like work, rent, relationships and personal hygiene. In
recent times, however, unwelcome interlopers have been
infiltrating the UK festival circuit in ever-increasing
numbers, bringing with them the party-pooping stench
of everyday suburbia. We are speaking, of course, of that
most abhorrent and reviled of festival attendees: the
parent-with-child.
There are two main reasons why it has, of late, become
acceptable amongst certain sections of society to drag
babies, tweens and early teens along to events that
really ought to have signs by their entrances that read,
“You must be this tall (and this jaded) to get on this
ride.” The first is the gradual smushing-together of age
ranges: 50 became the new 30, 30 became the new 20, 8
became the new 14, and so on and so on, until basically
everyone between toddling age and retirement age was
required to act like a Twitter-addicted 22-year-old with
an extensive collection of Nike Air Force Ones.
The second reason why Glastonbury, Big Chill etc are
now awash with tykes on trikes is the interminable rise
of the hipster parent. You know the sort: they’re deter-
mined to instil their offspring with their own insecure
need to stay constantly “on trend”, and will start brain-
washing them into the empty ways of hipsterism the
very moment the placenta’s been wiped off, by plonking
them into a Public Enemy babygro and hanging a framed
Kraftwerk album sleeve in their nursery.
“Oh, little Emily just loves Rinse FM,” they proudly
chuckle to friends, overjoyed that their coolness is so
ingrained that it’s actually been passed on through their
genetic code. “She always jiggles about in her high chair
when we put it on — don’t you, Emily?” No, the reason
the poor little sod is jiggling about is because you’re
forcing her to listen to what sounds — to those barely-
formed and heartbreakingly fragile ears — like a car
crash being shouted at by a rhino.
Of course, parents shouldn’t be forced to sit indoors
frittering their lives away to Deal Or No Deal until their
offspring naff off to college. In fact, there’s a festival
specifically designed for them: Camp Bestival. Parents:
take your young’uns along to Camp Bestival, by all
means. You can enjoy a polite shuffle to cosmic disco in
the Hummus Tent while little Tobias and Mia have a story
read to them by Iggle Piggle in the Happy Clappy crèche
field. That’s fair enough. Camp Bestival is purpose-built
for families — you don’t really get meow-meow-faced
rave-nutters attending, because they’d stand out like
oiled-up nudists at Mecca.
Take your kids along to any other festival, however,
and don’t be surprised if you get stared at like you’re
as thick and irresponsible as Shannon Matthews’ mum.
You might think you’re filling your kids’ minds up
with happy, wacky memories that’ll make them fondly
remember their childhoods, but you’re not. What you’re
actually doing is forcing them to endure an increasingly
harrowing series of experiences that will take many,
many hours of intensive therapy to unravel and mend
once they reach adulthood.
Here are just a few of the indelible horrors that the Rave
Goblin has witnessed at UK festivals: a gurning rave-kid
making retarded-horse noises as an equally mullered girl
gives him a shambolic blow job by the entrance to the
dance tent; an insanely drunk, insanely fat man taking a
runny shit into a babbling brook, before toppling back-
wards into said brook and covering himself in his own
steaming bum-piss; and, most unforgettably of all, a
young man deep in a K-hole who — for a reason he could
no longer remember — had sliced his own throat open
with a knife (don’t worry, some medics patched the poor
fucker up). You really want your wide-eyed kids to see
some mental-ass shit like that?
And while kiddies can receive permanent mental scars
from festival-goers, the damage can also travel in the
other direction. Nothing brings a freaky-dancing, eye-
ball-licking high crashing down to the ground quicker
than the sudden and unexpected appearance of a
mystery child, staring at you with an unnerving mixture
of grim curiosity and abject disgust, as if they’ve just
walked in on you wearing a rubber nurse’s uniform and
rimming an elderly colonel.
Here’s what kids like: sitting on the sofa, watching
Spongebob marathons and giving themselves diabetes
by eating too many Haribos. Here’s what they’re not in
the least bit arsed about: 2ManyDJs playing a surprise
Belgian new-beat set in the Ginsters Pasty Tent. Grow
up, wudya.
“What you’re actually
doing is forcing
your kids to endure
an increasingly
harrowing series
of experiences that
will take many,
many hours of
intensive therapy
to unravel and
mend once they
reach
adulthood.”
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Dyer straits
What the f*** is Danny Dyer doing DJ sets for?!
Is he not making enough money metaphorically
sucking off ‘hardmen’ in his ‘Deadliest Men’
programme or pulling his own hopelessly
implausible mockney tough guy impression in his
second rate acting career? Oh no, the grotesquely
arrogant little turd has to coin it on the celebrity DJ circuit.
Worse still, I’ve heard he’s been turning up half cut and,
basically, acting like a right div. What a fackin liberty.
Seriously, it well pisses me off that both promoters and
punters are stupid enough to pay his inflated wages when
there are so many good, well intentioned DJs, both
underground and commercial, that deserve a shot at the decks
of our land. I just don’t
geddit.
GABY, LEEDS, VIA EMAIL
Nope, nor do we. It’s a truly
tragic state of affairs.
Hammer, nail, head on all
that you’ve said!
Flashback:
Rez
I was flicking through the
May edition of the
magazine and to my
surprise I found an article
on the place it all began for
me —Rezerection.
Rez was my first rave, and
quite possibly my first love! As a wide-eyed 14-year-old I was
blown away by what I witnessed at The Event 2, and always got
the same feeling at each and every Rez there after. Even the
downpour at The Event 3 couldn’t put a dampener on the
proceedings!
You would leave Rez looking forward to the next one. You lived
for Rez and forged some great friendships there. Even now you
meet people in clubs and even shop queues who you had met
all those years ago. It was that kind of place. No alcohol at all
inside, and never any trouble.
KENNY, VIA EMAIL
Househeart Reply
What the hell was Pippi Househeart on when she wrote
that letter in to you? “Cir De Tech… which means circus
techno because it ain’t just a sound it’s a feeling of
expression!” How does that even work? It literally makes
pretty much nearly no fuckin’ sense at all.
GANDALF THE LIZARD, VIA EMAIL
Swedish slur
Listening to Zane Lowe’s Radio 1 show recently, he played
what he considers to be The Hottest Record In The World
Right Now. Or should that be what the record company
pluggers have convinced his producer is a hot record right
now? Anyway, the one in question was ‘One’ by some
people called the Swedish House Mafia, which was
basically a load of Ibeefa trancey house bollocks.
I honestly don’t understand all the hype round these
three. Two of them have beards, which would suggest that
they’re trying to be a 21st century equivalent of Sweden’s
most famous musical sons — Bjorn and Benny from Abba.
Which must leave the other one — Axwell, is it? — as an
Anni-Frid/Agnetha hybrid, I guess.
But is the ‘Mafia’ part of their name because their
underhand practices prevent anyone else from Sweden
— ie. someone half-decent — getting a look-in?
I expect a mafia to leave a horse’s head in my bed, not
send me running for the hills with their commercial
nonsense.
JAMES, MANCHESTER, VIA EMAIL

Trance would be a fine
thing!
Why is there never even so much as a paragraph of proper
trance coverage anywhere in the magazine beyond the
reviews page itself? I understand it’s not the coolest or,
admittedly, most cutting-edge music genre right now, but
there are still producers within the scene doing
interesting things — Marcus Schossow, Jaytech, Mat Zo to
name just three. Surely, in the name of diversity alone,
the odd feature or news piece could go the way of trance?
DISGRUNTLED DAVE, VIA EMAIL
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F
ew artists inspire a devotion
bordering on the religious. But the
gospel according to Wolf + Lamb has
already spread far and wide, their
near mythical Brooklyn parties at “six
star hotel” The Marcy attracting an international
cast of like-minded friends, adopted family and
disciples, while their series of podcasts and three
labels — Wolf + Lamb digital, Wolf + Lamb Black,
their re-edit series, and Wolf + Lamb Music — have
preached an alternative sound to the plodding
tribal drums of tech-house.
So the arrival of their debut album, ‘Love Someone’,
out 14th June on Wolf + Lamb, and its preceding
Wolf + Lamb Experience party in London, a
showcase of the labels’ unique musical talents and
organisation, not only sticks the pin frmly back in
New York as an innovative centre of nightlife,
following years of redundancy during Giuliani’s
reign. It also offers an alternative paradigm to
Berlin’s stranglehold on the UK’s clubbing
imagination.
Desert Trip
As with every great spiritual adventure, however,
their journey starts with a trip into the desert.
“We went to Burning Man in 2003,” says Zev
Eisenberg, the ‘Wolf’ of Wolf + Lamb next to Gadi
Mizrahi’s ‘Lamb’, the literal translations of their
Hebrew names. Two New York-born Jews, the pair
met in 2001 having both made a name as DJs at
small-scale parties, Zev spinning deep house and
trance, Gadi playing hip-hop. But it was the advent
of minimal techno, the frst sound that they both
bonded over (and immortalised in their ‘Since when
do Jews make techno?’ stickers), and their
experiences at Burning Man which began the
process of gestation that gave birth to their current
incarnation as purveyors of deep, lush house and
disco.
“The frst two years you just kind of watch and fgure
out where you ft in,” Gadi explains about the
festival that appears for a week in the middle of the
Nevada desert as we have lunch following a frst
look at the venue for their party. “There’s nothing
like it in the world. It’s literally like being on Mars,
you just don’t know what to do or how to express
yourself.”

In 2005, while wandering through the Mad Max
landscape, Gadi found an artist who’d created a
40-foot version of Marcel Duchamp’s ‘Fountain’,
essentially a giant toilet — the following year, they
played their frst gig there in it.
“It’s like a urinal lying on its back and then there’s a
drain pipe, which is where you walk in,” explains Zev
excitedly. “It was so amazing watching people crawl
in and being part of their bizarre Burning Man
experience. The music was also something people
hadn’t heard before because out there it’s really
heavy, West coast, cheesy-ish kind of breaks. We
were playing minimal.”
“It was kind of like Kompakt,” interjects Gadi. “More
emotional, minimal trance.”

Having performed again every year since, including
as part of an infatable art and sound installation in
2007, they now have residencies at numerous
soundsystems. But it was Burning Man’s blend of
vast, unbridled natural beauty, unfettered creativity
and extreme hedonism that seems the beginning of
Wolf + Lamb becoming something bigger than just a
label or a pair of DJs.
“We started to really like the morning shift when
everyone’s feeling really great from the whole night
and the minimal sound just didn’t ft right so then
we started wanting to get more warm,” says Gadi.
“You ended up playing pop music,” Zev recalls of
2008’s crystallising moment. “That was the one
thing that did make sense there, Sade, and that was
all we played the whole time. Then when we came
back, we went to a friend’s cabin to work for a few
weeks with a clean slate. We knew we had to make
music to work over there because that’s the mood
we’ve always been comfortable with. That’s when
we put out the ‘Bear Valley EP’.”
The Marcy
Parallel to this musical rebirth was the founding of
The Marcy in 2005, their studio cum home where
they also throw parties, in indie-rock’s heartland,
Williamsburg. Tired of trying to put on parties in
New York’s bars and clubs, which would want to
close at 4am just as the drugs were kicking in but
the queue at the bar was dwindling, they had
originally hired an old machine shop with the
intention of opening it as a venue, moving in simply
to help do it up.
“Then halfway through, we threw one crazy
balls-to-the-wall party, and we realised we weren’t
going to open a bar,” says Zev with a glint.
Instead, they embraced Burning Man’s idea of
user-generated content (a familiar concept to Zev
who also works as a web designer), growing it into
something that’s part Andy Warhol’s Factory —
flled with friends who are also musicians, many of
whom the pair nurtured through their frst releases
for the label — and part David Mancuso’s Loft, the
best house party in the world that runs from 11pm
till 1pm the next afternoon, and boasts top quality
sound.
Despite a website depicting The Marcy as an
opulent, gaudy hotel, a whimsical idea parodying
Zev’s work for Trump Towers, the parties are
ostensibly put on by friends for friends, label artists
such as No Regular Play, Nico aka Nicolas Jaar, Soul
Clap, or Deniz Kurtel — Gadi’s girlfriend who is also
currently working on a Crosstown Rebels album —
playing most parties, often alongside Wolf + Lamb
Detroit counterparts such as Seth Troxler and Lee
Curtiss.

Despite having a capacity of just 200, with only
around 50 able to ft into the main room, the pair
found a creative way to ft up to 500 people in by
hijacking an adjoining lot.
“Nobody says anything, it doesn’t belong to us!”
laughs Zev at this brazenness. “Our friends helped
us build steps to access the yard through a window.
It’s really funny, girls are always slipping in their
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Brooklyn, NYC duo Wolf + Lamb aren’t just a DJ/production outft. They’re a
movement, a label, a club, and extended family of like-minded artists,
offering a passionate, soulful techno and electronic disco alternative to the
plodding tribal drums of tech house and the harder sound of Berlin.
And with a new artist album ready to drop, they’ve come for our hearts,
minds and dancing feet…
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high heels. It just adds to the whole obvious DIY feel of
the place, like you’re in our home. At the same time, the
sound is pristine. We’re really serious about that. The
whole thing is really well put together, everything is
pro.”
When the success of the party began attracting
unwanted hipsters interested in drinking beer but not
dancing, the pair simply introduced an extortionate
door charge with friends getting a Marcy hotel room key
— made at the same time as their fake website — for
cheap entry.
“It has this idea that the party supports the building,”
says Gadi. “So the people who live upstairs do the door.
No Regular Play live on the third foor, so they play every
party and run the bar. Most of the money goes back into
the building to pay rent, which is a really organic way of
doing it.”
“It’s the same as this weekend, bring in whoever is
around,” he says of the approaching London label
debut, having just asked Deniz and Zev, neither of whom
were originally on the line-up, to stay and play.
“Wolf + Lamb is me and Zev, but it’s also a family.
There’s a lot more attention to a community based thing
than a label where the people have good ears and
they’re picking people from all over the world. That’s
one thing, but this is like an in-house. No Regular Play
were brought up from nothing, they had no releases,
Nico was brought up from not having any releases,
Deniz and Smirk as well. They were all brought up.
Other labels pick artists saying, ‘this guy is going to be
good’. This is like artists who haven’t had anything out.”
“Including us. We didn’t have any releases,” adds Zev.
Love Someone
It was as The Marcy was being built that Zev frst found
out he had cancer, something he is currently recovering
from with ‘an alternative therapy regime’ that includes
sauerkraut juice for breakfast. Having recently been in
India, and stopping touring due to the excessive
amount of equipment needed for his current diet, his
illness adds an extra poignancy to both Wolf + Lamb’s
communal, life-affrming spirit of art and adventure,
and the atmospheric content of ‘Love Someone’, their
frst joint release since last year’s ‘Brooklynn EP’.
With ‘love’ a recurring theme at their parties, the
album’s title track is the most potentially commercial, a
glorious slice of looped, fltered disco. But elsewhere
Wolf + Lamb pursue their own unique vision of mood
and depth that’s come to characterise their parties,
where the tempo rarely ventures above 120bpm, and
they encourage guests to bring their weirdest, favourite
records.
Opener ‘Just For Now’ emerges from a primordial soup
of reverb and organ, via a burst of what sounds like a
show tune, morphing into a brooding, gangster shuffe
as a voice contemplates life after committing the
irreversible act of murder: “all you can do is continue
living life”. Yet it’s immediately soothed by the slow,
bubbling electro bass and 808 handclaps of ‘Shoeshine
Boogie’, a remix of Mock & Toof.
‘Want Your Money’ appears in two versions, Wolf +
Lamb’s off-kilter original and a straighter house remix
from Dyed Soundorom, while ‘Monster Love’, a
collaboration with Smirk, hints at broken relationships
in its jazzy ambience and whispered voices, dissolving
and reforming around a wandering double bass. Finally,
‘I Know You’re Leaving’ rides along on a Rhodes until it’s
fooded by the warming light of a gospel choir
declaring, “someday we’ll all be free.”
“Wolf + Lamb is so multi-faceted, we work on everything
together, so when it came down to making music over
the last few years we’ve done it separately,” admits Gadi
of the pair’s limited releases together. “We’ve done
everything together over the past fve or six years and
this is one of the areas where we have our separate time.
But it happened that we did make these tracks and we
both really liked them. They’re all very different so I felt
that was good.”
“It’s more of an EP than an album,” agrees Zev. “Gadi
and I, even though we work really well together putting
on the party, sitting in the studio, for some reason, we
don’t actually do that much of that together.”
Instead, Zev used his convalescence to begin work on a
solo album, with a further Wolf + Lamb EP in the
pipe-line, and Gadi, as well as DJing and recording solo
and with label artists Soul Clap, started his own
vinyl-only label, Double Exposure.
“If Wolf + Lamb is a religion, Double Exposure is a cult,”
he announces, and it’s a plausible assertion — Gadi,
Charlie from Soul Clap and Greg from No Regular Play
got Double Exposure tattoos to accompany the Wolf +
Lamb cross tattoos both he and Zev have.
While success has had its advantages, and given them
the ability to pull in a crowd of 500 people at 24 hours
notice, like the time Gadi and Deniz persuaded Zev to
make an impromptu trip back from India over SKYPE,
part of the Wolf + Lamb experience lies in the conditions
they’ve created for themselves at The Marcy.
“One of the problems is that there’s a Wolf + Lamb
monster now of hype so promoters just want to book us.
Then we go in and they’ve clearly never heard what we
play and they don’t have the crowd for it,” Gadi says of
his frustration at some recent gigs. “They’re always
telling us to play harder anywhere outside of London.
It’s fucking heart-breaking to be in that situation.”
Pilgrimage
In this respect, The Marcy has become like Panorama
Bar, the ultimate pilgrimage for thrill-seeking dance
tourists looking for an atmosphere and sense of
freedom and adventure that’s unrepeatable anywhere
else. But for Gadi, this is where the Berlin parallel ends.
“I don’t think Berlin is into what we’re doing,” he says,
despite recent gigs there. “I’ve seen a few friends move
there and get into a completely other genre, really hard.
They get taken over by Berlin. You’re not going to get
booked unless you bang it out, they’re taking speed so
they’re into this hard stuff. Our crowd, even Jamie
Jones, has gone into disco and house — Berlin had to
choose and they went Berghain. Even harder than
where we were a few years ago.”
Come their own party, held in the basement of an art
gallery in East London that’s due to be demolished two
weeks later, they’re playing Outkast too, alongside a
ream of deep house and disco gems like Metro Area’s
sublime ‘Let’s Get…’, umbrellas placed over the decks to
stop the sweat that’s raining from the low ceiling.
With Soul Clap and Wolf + Lamb taking turns behind the
decks seemingly as the mood suits them, following No
Regular Play’s live set, it’s the perfect illustration of the
instinctive, if it feels good do it, approach that’s grown
Wolf + Lamb from a pair of techno misfts in the Nevada
desert to a coalition of friends carving out new niches in
whatever they turn their hands to — something both
Gadi and Zev seem genuinely surprised by.
“The only thing we haven’t spoken about is our future
plans because we don’t have any,” says Zev at the end of
the interview.
“It’s true,” adds Gadi. “Who knows?!”

The only thing you can be sure of is, wherever Wolf +
Lamb lead, others are bound to follow.
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Zev: “They came to one of our parties. They’re
straight up hipsters from Minnesota. Greg’s
into jazz, he’s a trumpet player. They’d never
heard anything electronic but they came to one
of our big parties when we weren’t doing the
Marcy and Matthew Dear played. I guess they
had an experience and just really connected.
They went home, started making this music for
a year, got a bunch of tracks and came back to
us. They really waited till they had something to
show. We picked out a digital EP straight away.”
Gadi: “The digital label is great, as you can
scope people out. Once they’re on the vinyl
label it’s like, this is family. They have a new EP
that’s brilliant.”
Gadi: “They’re so good, so creative.
They can take on a new genre and hit
it out of the park. I’m seeing them do
it with their own production and it
blew me away. This new Double
Standard EP is us going at electro and
old Chicago house, the old 808 sound.
We were together in Miami, not for
conference, and we just banged out
that whole EP. We were going for that
electro sound and that Metro Area
vibe on ‘Romantic Comedy’. I’ve been
sweating Metro Area for the last year
and a half. There’s three of their
tracks that are staple and I pretty
much always play at the end of my set
to a crazy response, so I feel in love
with this sound they have and we
tried to do our take on it.”
Gadi: “She came to one of the
frst Marcy parties years back.
She’s done LED installations
for lots of them, one of the
pieces is now a permanent
installation in the dance
room, it’s really pretty. I think
she’s been to almost every
single party, she’ll fy in and
stick around. I was actually
thinking she should have been
in the background of the
pictures today because she’s
kind of held us together when
we had our falling out and
stuff. She’s been the voice of
reason when, doing
everything together, I think,
‘What the fuck could I do
outside of this if it didn’t work
out for whatever reason?’ I’ve
spent my whole adult life on
this one project.”
Gadi: “He was 17-years-old and sending stuff. It was all very experimental, but
there was something about it so we started working with him. He lives in New
York, but he was born in Chile. Almost all our artists live in New York, which is
another thing about the label. Everyone is pretty much local so the last party
was almost all the label artists. I think it’s important to have people in the
neighbourhood to throw showcase parties. You can also see them and talk
about music. Le Loup, who is French, is Nico’s friend and he’s one of the only
artists not living in the States.”


Gadi: “We threw this bigger party with them and they were also just breaking
out. I think Ryan was the only one who had a Minus EP out at the time. We got
really close with Lee, then Seth, Ryan and Shaun. It’s easy to get close with
Shaun because he’s just cool. It was one of the best parties we threw. Then we
worked on music together. But they’re more Wolf + Lamb affliated. They’re like
the generation before us and they’re doing their own thing, they have their own
dreams. They don’t send us their demos like No Regular Play or Soul Clap.”
Thanks to: The Red Gallery, 1-3 Rivington Street, London EC2A 3JL
Additional Photos: Rob Low
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›Ferry Corsten

EXCLUSIVE

›Eddie Halliwell presents ED-IT

EXCLUSIVE

›JUDGE JULES
›Gareth Emery
›JOHN O’Callaghan
›Gareth Wyn
›Rob H

MIXMAG

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›SWITCH
›KISSY SELL OUT
›DJ MEHDI
›ALEX METRIC
›JAYMO + ANDY GEORGE
›GRAMOPHONEDZIE
›ZOO BRAZIL

STRONGBOW

›Tom Middleton
›JESSE ROSE
›Fenech Soler LIVE
›Joe & Will Ask?
›Crystal Fighters LIVE
›Louis La Roche
›May68 LIVE
›Loz
›General Jimmy

CHIBUKU 10TH ANNIVERSARY

›Richie Hawtin presents Plastikman

EXCLUSIVE

›Erol Alkan
›Crookers
›MAGDA
›MIX HELL
›LUKE CARR
›DOM CHUNG

HED KANDI HOSPITALITY

›Phil Faversham
›John Jones
›Wez Clarke
›Sarah Louise
›ALAN HARTLEY
›Dean Oram on Drums
›Lady V on Saxophone

RESIDENTS TERRACE

›H2
›DJ Ellesse
›ed mackie
›Tim Owen
›CMWmSmDm
›LEE ELLIS
›Rob Casson + Andy Currie
›Prostitutes + Policemen
›Kev McGowan

KALEIDOSCOPE MAIN STAGE

›Tiësto

EXCLUSIVE

›Calvin Harris
›Laidback Luke
›Dada Life
›BANG BANG CLUB
›KIDS ON BRIDGES

MIXMAG PRESENTS COCOON

›Sven Väth
›DUBFIRE
›MARCO CAROLA
›Yousef
›Raresh

STRONGBOW

›Evil Nine
›The Subs LIVE
›GRUM
›DAVID E SUGAR LIVE
›GoldieRocks
›THE PeTEBOX LIVE
›Mr Paul
›The Tea Street Band LIVE
›Benji Boko
›Dead Audio Boy

CREAM/VANDIT 1OTH ANNIVERSARY
IN ASSOCIATION WITH BENCH

›Paul van Dyk

EXCLUSIVE

›Sasha
›James Zabiela
›Hernan Cattaneo
›Nick Warren

SPECIAL GUESTS


›Leftfield

ANNIE MAC PRESENTS

›Annie Mac
›Major Lazer
›Ms Dynamite
›Zinc
›Riva Starr
›Style of Eye
›ANDY MAC

HED KANDI HOSPITALITY

›Andy Norman
›Dean Rigg
›Sam Cannon
›Stephanie Jay
›ALAN HARTLEY
›Dean Oram on Drums
›Lady V on Saxophone

SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA

›Axwell
›Steve Angello
›Sebastian Ingrosso

SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA

EXCLUSIVE

›DIRTY SOUTH
›KIM FAI
›AN21
›AFRO JACK
›MAX VANGELI
›ANTON POWERS

GOODGREEF XTRA-HARD

›LISA LASHES
›SHOWTEK LIVE

EXCLUSIVE

›KUTSKI B2B ALEX KIDD
›ANDY WHITBY
›ANNE SAVAGE
›BOOTEK LIVE
›A*S*Y*S
›DUTCH MASTER
›RASCAL

MAIN STAGE

›David Guetta

DANCE FESTIVAL EXCLUSIVE

›Deadmau5

EXCLUSIVE

›AUDIO BULLYS
›THE JAPANESE POPSTARS
›OCELOT

PRYDA FRIENDS

›Eric Prydz
›Pete Tong
›Joris Voorn
›Sébastien Léger
›POPOF
›FUNK D’VOID
›JEMMY

APE – D+B

›ANDY C
›High contrast
›HYPE
›FRICTION
›MAD PROFESSOR
›KEN EVIL

MC’S

›MC Dynamite
›ROD AZLAN
›GQ
›IC3
›SP:MC
›MAD RUSH

APE – DUBSTEP

›Benga
›Rusko
›Caspa
›JOKER
›NERO
›RICH REASON
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›See Tickets
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›Location
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Supported by
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›With camping - £100 +BF*
›Hospitality with camping - £185 +BF
*limited offer / strictly 18+ / line-up subject to change
›Day Tickets
›Saturday - £59 +BF
›Sunday - £55 +BF
›2 day ticket without camping - £100 +BF
›Saturday Hospitality - £100 +BF
›Sunday Hospitality - £100 +BF

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SUNDAY 29TH AUGUST 2010
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CREAM IN ASSOCIATION WITH BENCH

›Armin van Buuren
›Ferry Corsten

EXCLUSIVE

›Eddie Halliwell presents ED-IT

EXCLUSIVE

›JUDGE JULES
›Gareth Emery
›JOHN O’Callaghan
›Gareth Wyn
›Rob H

MIXMAG

›TIGA
›SWITCH
›KISSY SELL OUT
›DJ MEHDI
›ALEX METRIC
›JAYMO + ANDY GEORGE
›GRAMOPHONEDZIE
›ZOO BRAZIL

STRONGBOW

›Tom Middleton
›JESSE ROSE
›Fenech Soler LIVE
›Joe & Will Ask?
›Crystal Fighters LIVE
›Louis La Roche
›May68 LIVE
›Loz
›General Jimmy

CHIBUKU 10TH ANNIVERSARY

›Richie Hawtin presents Plastikman

EXCLUSIVE

›Erol Alkan
›Crookers
›MAGDA
›MIX HELL
›LUKE CARR
›DOM CHUNG

HED KANDI HOSPITALITY

›Phil Faversham
›John Jones
›Wez Clarke
›Sarah Louise
›ALAN HARTLEY
›Dean Oram on Drums
›Lady V on Saxophone

RESIDENTS TERRACE

›H2
›DJ Ellesse
›ed mackie
›Tim Owen
›CMWmSmDm
›LEE ELLIS
›Rob Casson + Andy Currie
›Prostitutes + Policemen
›Kev McGowan

KALEIDOSCOPE MAIN STAGE

›Tiësto

EXCLUSIVE

›Calvin Harris
›Laidback Luke
›Dada Life
›BANG BANG CLUB
›KIDS ON BRIDGES

MIXMAG PRESENTS COCOON

›Sven Väth
›DUBFIRE
›MARCO CAROLA
›Yousef
›Raresh

STRONGBOW

›Evil Nine
›The Subs LIVE
›GRUM
›DAVID E SUGAR LIVE
›GoldieRocks
›THE PeTEBOX LIVE
›Mr Paul
›The Tea Street Band LIVE
›Benji Boko
›Dead Audio Boy

CREAM/VANDIT 1OTH ANNIVERSARY
IN ASSOCIATION WITH BENCH

›Paul van Dyk

EXCLUSIVE

›Sasha
›James Zabiela
›Hernan Cattaneo
›Nick Warren

SPECIAL GUESTS


›Leftfield

ANNIE MAC PRESENTS

›Annie Mac
›Major Lazer
›Ms Dynamite
›Zinc
›Riva Starr
›Style of Eye
›ANDY MAC

HED KANDI HOSPITALITY

›Andy Norman
›Dean Rigg
›Sam Cannon
›Stephanie Jay
›ALAN HARTLEY
›Dean Oram on Drums
›Lady V on Saxophone

SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA

›Axwell
›Steve Angello
›Sebastian Ingrosso

SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA

EXCLUSIVE

›DIRTY SOUTH
›KIM FAI
›AN21
›AFRO JACK
›MAX VANGELI
›ANTON POWERS

GOODGREEF XTRA-HARD

›LISA LASHES
›SHOWTEK LIVE

EXCLUSIVE

›KUTSKI B2B ALEX KIDD
›ANDY WHITBY
›ANNE SAVAGE
›BOOTEK LIVE
›A*S*Y*S
›DUTCH MASTER
›RASCAL

MAIN STAGE

›David Guetta

DANCE FESTIVAL EXCLUSIVE

›Deadmau5

EXCLUSIVE

›AUDIO BULLYS
›THE JAPANESE POPSTARS
›OCELOT

PRYDA FRIENDS

›Eric Prydz
›Pete Tong
›Joris Voorn
›Sébastien Léger
›POPOF
›FUNK D’VOID
›JEMMY

APE – D+B

›ANDY C
›High contrast
›HYPE
›FRICTION
›MAD PROFESSOR
›KEN EVIL

MC’S

›MC Dynamite
›ROD AZLAN
›GQ
›IC3
›SP:MC
›MAD RUSH

APE – DUBSTEP

›Benga
›Rusko
›Caspa
›JOKER
›NERO
›RICH REASON
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Ibiza. Whether you’re a die-hard Balearic veteran or a dilettante
toe-dipper into the White Isle’s hedonistic charms, there’s still no
place on earth quite like it. An unmatched ratio of unbelievable clubs, a
constant flow of quality DJs and an indescribable magic that remains well
over two decades since Danny Rampling, Paul Oakenfold and co
‘discovered’ acid house culture thanks to a man called Alfredo, the open-air
Amnesia terrace and some, ahem, ‘magic beans’. While it might be facing
competition from emerging summer hotspots, Ibiza’s ability to constantly
reinvent itself and embrace new ideas means we’ve got another season of
surprise, sick line-ups and classics nights. And we’ve got all the details on this
season’s big moves in the following pages as well as a VIP competition to win a trip to
Space for our 15 Years Of DJmag Ibiza party at Space on Thursday 1st July. Get involved!
VIP COMPETITION!
Win a VIP trip to our 15 Years Of
DJmag Ibiza party at Space!
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LUCIANO GOES FOR DE-CADENZA
A look at Luciano’s new Sunday
residency at Pacha
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LIVING THE VIDA LOCO
DC10’s Circo Loco is back…with Seth
Troxler and Jamie Jones as
residents
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COME TO DADDY!
Electronica enigma Aphex Twin
headlines the We Love… closing
party
p.041
WARUNG/KEHAKUMA
News of Brazilian club Warung’s
new residency at Privilege and the
new Kehakuma night at Space
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DJMagazine Ibiza celebrates 15 years of Balearic rave reporting
IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN. As essential as your sun
lotion, euros and passport (well, almost),
DJMagazine Ibiza is back to lead you through another
season of Balearic barminess and Ibizan escapades.
Yep, once again our on-island sister publication will
be available across the island and it is with immense
— and understandable — pride that we say this will
be our 15th anniversary season. When you consider
that most come back a shrivelled shell of their former
selves after 15 days there, we reckon it’s little short
of a miracle that we’ve toughed it out on the Balearic
front-line for some 15 years.
When DJMagazine first rocked up on Ibiza with a pen,
notepad and camera in hand, things were very
different. In the 15 years since we’ve watched many a
promoter crash and burn, or simply slide by the
wayside. Other magazines have come and gone. Roofs
have been forced on terraces. Restrictions have
changed the face, or at least the timetables, of how
Ibiza parties.
But despite the quick-shifting sands, Ibiza’s
unparalleled beauty, epic-scale clubs and eternal
ability to reinvent itself has meant there is still no
place on earth quite like it when it comes to club
culture. For one third of the year, literally every
relevant DJ on this planet will pass through at some
point. From the renewed underground energy of Circo
Loco to the stylish diversity of Pacha’s line-up,
through the world-beating, festival-styled marathons
of We Love… Space on Sundays to the recent embrace
of dubstep or the ongoing San An revolution
spearheaded by Pete Tong’s Wonderland, Ibiza’s
capacity to endlessly inspire, excite and surprise
remains. So if you’re lucky enough to make it over,
make sure that you grab your copy of DJMagazine
Ibiza to guide you through. And if you haven’t booked
yet, then have a gander at the next page’s
competition for details on how you can bag a free trip
over to the White Isle for our 15 Years Of DJMagazine
Ibiza party at Space.
SO WHAT EXACTLY IS DJMAG IBIZA THEN?
DJMag Ibiza is our on-island Ibiza magazine covering all
the moves and grooves rocking the White Isle. It’s 114
pages and is absolutely stuffed chocka full of artist
features, hot news, club reviews and comprehensive
listings.
SO IT’S BASICALLY EXACTLY LIKE A MORE COMPACT
DJMAG BUT TOTALLY DEDICATED TO IBIZA?
Pretty much, yeah, but there’s also loads of essential
travel information like beach, bar and restaurant guides,
useful tourist numbers and a map of the island. It’s also
translated into Spanish for locals. Think of it as an all-
round travel companion and essential information source
for Ibiza adventurers. Or just something to read on the
bog.
SOUNDS GREAT, HOW MUCH DOES IT COST THEN?
Nada, zilch, nuttin! DJMag Ibiza is totally free and has
been ever since we started in 1995. We’re nice like that,
eh?
SO WHERE CAN I GET A COPY?
If you’re on the island, it’s more like where can’t you get a
copy! We print up 50,000 copies of DJMag Ibiza and they
are distributed right across the island in all the essential
bars, restaurants and clubs.
WHEN DO THEY COME OUT?
We do two issues that cover pretty much the full season’s
activities. The first hits the streets on 1st July, the second
on 15th August.
Words: ALLAN MCGRATH
2000
Renaissance’sliveshowsat Privilegeshockthesystemwith
popstarsKylieandtheAll SaintsjoiningnameslikeLeftfield,
MobyandHybrid. BaseBar opensinIbizaTown. SvenVäth
launchedhistempotempleCocoonat Amnesia
2001
DarrenHughes’ SpaceonSundaygetsrebranded
WeLove... SpaceonSundays. ErickMorillo’s
Subliminal arrivesat Pachainspectacular style.
2003
Pachahits30yearsandlaunchesflagshipin-house
Fridaynight withPeteTong. LucianoandLocoDicestart
dominatingtheundergroundwiththeir CircoLocosets.
2002
Carl CoxstartshisSpaceresidency
proper onThursdays. Boutique
art-decohotel EsViveopensinFigueretaswithafter-hours
naughtinessaplenty.
1995
DJmagIbizalandsontheisland. UKsuperclub
Creamlaunchtheir first full seasonhereat
Ku, whileRadio1broadcast livefromIbizafor
thefirst time.
1996
KugetsrenamedPrivilege. MinistryOf Soundarriveonthe
island. Carl Coxplaysfor sixhoursontheoldSpaceterrace
droppingBasement Jaxx’s‘Flylife’, ‘ArmandVanHelden’s
‘WitchDoctor’ andRozalla’s‘Everybody’sFree’. Classic.
1999
AnundergroundrevolutionstirredasCirco
Locobeginsat DC10. AndDarrenHughes
launcheshis22-hour marathonsat Space
onSundaysunder theHomebanner.
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We couldn’t let our decade and a half anniversary of Balearic rave reporting slip by without holding
at least one massive, balls-to-the-wall rave now, could we? So to celebrate we’re teaming up with
Playa D’En Bossa’s globally renowned Space for our 15 Years of DJMagazine Ibiza party.
Taking over both the cavernous Discoteca and the legendary Terrace on Thursday 1st July, we’ve
recruited our favourite decknicians both classic and contemporary to make our party go off with
one serious Balearic bang.
Joining us so far to mark our momentous 15th anniversary season are German production masters
Booka Shade, NYC house trailblazers The Martinez Brothers, future boogie kings Metro Area, the
monstrously underrated Tensnake and Soma’s Silicone Soul.
The DJMagazine all-stars will be making an example of themselves in El Salon with a special
appearance from founding DJmagazine editor Chris Coco.
Best of all, tickets for our 15 Years Of DJMagazine Ibiza session are a wallet-friendly €25 for anyone
purchasing tickets from spaceibiza.com. Can we say fairer than that? Well, actually we can.
As part of our mega anniversary of Balearic rave reporting, we’re offering up a free VIP trip to join
us at our 15 Years of DJmagazine Ibiza party with flights provided by Monarch. Get lucky and you
and your chosen rave partner will be raving it up with all the DJmag massive and our top quality
line-up of cutting-edge DJ talent at Space on 31st July. The prize package includes:
• RETURN FLIGHTS FOR YOU AND A MATE, DEPARTING LONDON ON THURSDAY 1ST JULY AND
RETURNING SUNDAY 3RD JULY
• ACCOMMODATION FOR TWO NIGHTS
• VIP ENTRY TO OUR MASSIVE 15 YEARS OF DJMAGAZINE IBIZA PARTY AT SPACE ON
THURSDAY 1ST JULY
To win, just answer our mind-crushingly simple question below and send your answers, passport
name and contact number to joe.roberts@djmag.com before Monday 21st June.
Back in the days of the legendary open-air Space terrace, what did the crowds do every
time a plane flew overhead?
1. Flying hi-fives.
2. Cheer ecstatically.
3. Hold their lighters in the air.

Good luck and see you down the front!
Booka Shade, Metro Area, Martinez Brothers and
more at our massive anniversary rave
2004
MauroPicottotakeshisMeganiteconcept toIbiza’sPrivilege. Armin
VanBuurenlauncheshisAmnesiaresidency. Theopen-air Space
terraceof oldenjoysit last season. Boo! DJMagIbizaisnowprinted
withfull Spanishtranslationineveryissue.
2007
Tiëstosellsout Privilegewithtwocolossal roadblocks. Bora
Bora, DC10andAmnesiaareforcedtocloseat beginningof
season. ManumissionleavePrivilegefor Ammesiaafter a
mid-seasonruckuswiththeir long-runninghome.
2005
Thenewclosedroof Spaceterracepacksoneof the
best soundsystemsontheisland. Woop. IbizaRocks
launchesinPrivilege’sbackroomwithbandslike
Fischerspooner andTheRapture.
2008
TongyshocksthedanceworldbyswappingPachafor SanAntonio’sEden
withhisWonderlandproject. DC10get repeatedlysmackeddownbythe
authoritiesandendupservingaone-year ban. Chemical Brothersplayat
WeLove. DavidGuetta’sF***MeI’mFamousgoesweeklyandsmashesit.
2009
NoDC10leavesamassivevoid. Luciano’slegendarybeach
partiesat Ushuaiaarethebiggest signof PlayaD’EnBossa’s
upmarket imageshift. WithnightslikeMr C’sSuperfreqamong
itsroster, Bohoclublaunchesat theoldSanAnvenueExtasis.
2006
IbizaRocksmovestoBar Mandsmashesit withbandslike
MaximoPark, Kasabian, TheStreetsandBabyshambles. A
newerabegins.
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Style haven Pacha capture the weekly residency of
Chilean-Swiss underground house icon Luciano in this
summer’s curveball capture
Words: ALLAN MCGRATH
IN THE shifting sands of Ibizan clubbing, every summer
throws up at least one totally unpredictable move that
even the Island’s most voracious gossip fiends just didn’t
see coming. Two years ago, it was Pete Tong who stole the
headlines by crossing the previously impenetrable Ibiza
Town/San Antonio divide when he swapped his home at
Pure Pacha’s stylish shakedown for the rowdy streets of
San An in the name of his bold Wonderland project at Eden
— becoming 2008’s surprise package in the process. Last
season, it was probably the last-minute (and ultimately
unsuccessful) switch of Hed Kandi from Eden to Playa D’En
Bossa superclub Space, although the wholesale
introduction of debutante dubstep big-hitters within
Reclaim The Dancefloor’s line-ups didn’t go unnoticed
either.
This season, however, there is no doubt about which
curveball capture has sparked the most eyebrow raising
and it’s that of Luciano’s new Cadenza residency at Pacha.
Taking place on Sunday nights at the glamourous Ibiza
Town venue, Cadenza’s Vagabundos night will bring the
cream of underground house and soulful techno to a venue
traditionally associated with big-room, vocal house. Across
the 17-week season, Detroit legend Carl Craig will play live,
as will French techno maverick Dantron Eeprom and crazy
countrymen dOP from Circus Company, while names like
Reboot, Moodymann, Martinez, Daniel Bell, Stacey Pullen,
Theo Parrish and Spectral Sound’s Ryan Crosson all add
their flavours to what is one of the most impressive
line-ups of the season.
“I wanted to do something different and out of the regular
format — bring up something new without compromising
our identity,” explains Luciano. “Pacha gave us full
freedom to spread our vision. I’m not doing mainstream, I
couldn’t do it even if I wanted to as I am not designed for
that. But I aim to bring mainstream people into something
deeper and change their perception.”
Indeed, while Luciano’s island presence has previously
been best defined by his legendary residency within the
anarchic, unrestrained atmosphere of DC10’s underground
music haven Circo Loco — the platform that arguably
launched the Swiss/Chilean house hero into the global
superstar status he occupies today — his switch to Pacha
isn’t as surprising as it might first seem. Especially when
you consider the popularity of Michel Cleis’s ‘Le Mezcla’,
originally released on Luciano’s Cadenza, on the Pacha
floor last summer.
Pacha boss Danny Whittle, for one, believes the Cadenza
boss’s instinctive Latin groove fits perfectly with the club’s
musical tapestry, while adding a modernised underground
thread to its age-old appeal.
“I’ve been listening to Luciano
for quite a while, right back from
days at DC10 and I’d always really
liked his stuff as a DJ,” explains
Whittle.
“I never saw him as a minimal or tech-y
DJ, I always thought he had a bigger
sound than that. No matter what he
was playing, there has always been a
real rhythm and vibe to his sound — a
lot of groove and Latin beats — and I
always thought it would work well at
Pacha.”
“It’s all about the evolution of the club. The
club’s been open 40 years now. I remember
when Ministry Of Sound first came to Pacha,
it was something brand new that never
happened. I then took over and brought in
people like Erick Morillo’s Subliminal and
Underwater with Darren Emerson. This is just
another addition, freshening up the venue. For
me Pacha was a club that needed some fresh
content on Sunday and Cadenza’s
residency is just that — it’s
perfect.”

Pure Pacha gets a new look this season
Friday’s flagship Pure Pacha has been given a fresh sheen and looks sleeker than ever this year with a
series of impressively diverse Pure Pacha Presents… parties. The French connection is made through four
Club 75 parties which Justice, Cassius, Busy P, DJ Mehdi, Optimo, DFA’s Shit Robot, Belgian Balearic kings
Aeroplane, A-Trak, Annie Mac and Jesse Rose play on 28th May, 13th Aug, 9th July 1st Oct. Also on board
for Friday is Sasha who will play four dates (2nd July, 23rd July, 27th Aug, 24th Sep), both for Sander
Kleinenberg’s This Is and Renaissance, the latter also bringing names like Trentemøller (25th June) and
SOS (24th September). Wall Of Sound bring DJ sets from icy Norwegian electronica outfit Royskøpp and
dark-disco duo Ocelot on 11th June, while The Dirty Dutch crew of Chuckie and Sidney Sampson bring
their CD wallets of bleepy, white-hot electro crunkers on 30th July.
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Ibiza’s underground celebrates the rebirth of its favourite melting pot as
Circo Loco returns with Seth Troxler and Jamie Jones as residents
BREAKING THE MOULD
LARGELY beating to the familiar rhythmic pulse
of the 4/4 groove, Ibiza has long been ruled by
house and techno with anything else often
getting pushed to the sidelines.
Or at least that was the case until last year’s
Reclaim The Dancefloor revolution at Eden
mashed up dubstep, drum & bass and ghetto
bass with the ravier edges of house, techno and
electro. Bringing over dubstep big-hitters like
Skream, Benga, Rusko and Caspa to an island
they themselves had never set foot on, Reclaim
The Dancefloor went from last season’s
mould-breaking wildcard to a bonafide San
Antonio success story and returns with an even
bigger line-up this time round.
“Last year was a real eye-opener in terms of just
how far we could push things so it’s opened up a
lot of doors for this season,” explains Reclaim
The Dancefloor promoter Mark Newton. “There’s
a lot of people playing that we went for last year
but couldn’t get because they didn’t want to play
in San Antonio. We’ve got acts that we didn’t
book before because we didn’t know how the
crowd would take things. Then there’s DJs that
are making the switch from other nights on the
island because, musically, Reclaim fits them
much better.”
Once again, the dubstep high-rollers of Skream,
Benga, Rusko and Caspa are all on board, with
names like Joker, Trouble ‘n’ Bass maverick Drop
The Lime, Digital Soundboy duo Breakage and
Shy FX, and recent coverstar Redlight among the
bass-heavy debutants pushing the envelope
even further this season.
The mentalist digital dancehall and futurist
bashment of Diplo and Switch’s Major Lazer
soundystem will be pushing Eden’s subs to their
full, gut-wrenching limits on Wednesday 1st
September, while Tiga will be hosting two Turbo
Records parties on 7th July and 25th August
with names like Aeroplane, Switch, Thomas Van
Party and Brodinksi joining the Canadian
electro don. Like last year, drum & bass gets a
solid repping with the inclusion of Chase &
Status, High Contrast, Sub Focus and Friction.
Shifting to Wednesdays, Eden’s Reclaim The Dancefloor bring the bass and the noise once again
THE PRAYERS of Ibiza’s underground house disciples have
been finally answered — Circo Loco is back in full effect at
DC10 this year. Strangled out of last season’s proceedings by
licensing issues, the legendary Monday party is rising like a
phoenix from the flames with a full season of weekly events
starting on Monday 31st May and a fresh roster of residents
that promise to breathe fresh life into the island’s definitive,
debauched daytime experience.
Billed under the prophetic banner of ‘The New Era’, Circo
Loco’s 2010 season looks set to break free from any dull
drums and monotonous mnml of old and instead places
faith in the new wave of sensuous, disco-edged
underground house and psychedelic, almost pop-edged
grooves typified by DJs like Jamie Jones and Seth Troxler —
both of whom have been made residents at the club.
“We’ve kind of broken away from a lot of what is going on
and created our own little corner,” said Jamie Jones. “It’s
just party music. DC10 is the ultimate party and we just want
to play party music. I’m not going to be playing ‘YMCA’ or
anything. Our sound is still deep, chuggy and edgy but it’s
music, ya know, you’ll hear basslines, you’ll hear vocals and
you’ll hear melodies rather than feeling like everything’s
been on loop for three hours which is something that
sometimes happens there that I’m not really into.”
Having discovered DC10’s anarchic magic as an Ibiza worker
at the turn of the millennium, Jones has risen as one of the
club’s favourite sons in recent years and describes the joint
as one of the only he’d actually “pay to play at”. He is joined
by Perlon boss Zip, Parisian DJ W!ld and, of course, Seth in
the new look resident team.
“Rather than anything commercial, DC10 has always been
underground music which is something that Ibiza lacks a lot
of the time — it’s raw,” added Jamie. “I’ve seen a big guy go
to the bar surrounded by five model-type girls and pay for a
round of drinks with a 500 euro note that he took from a
whole wad of them and tell the barman to keep the change
- but then they’ll be shoeless hippies from Ibiza Town
dancing next to them.”
If ever there was a DJ that is matchmade for both the
unrestrained hedonism and free-reign musical
experimentalism that Circo Loco embodies then it is surely
Seth Troxler. Amazingly though, the globe-trotting playboy
has never so much as stepped foot in the club before — a
testament to both the unstoppably swift ascendancy of this
precocious talent and Circo Loco’s desire to remain on pulse
of the global underground’s cutting-edge.
“I’ve only been to the island four times and that was last
year so it’s all pretty new to me,” admits Seth. “It’s a new
experience, it’s a bit of fun for me, I think it’s pretty cool
someone coming and being resident who doesn’t really have
any backstory — I can just come in and do my thing.”
“Right now I’m on a really psychedelic vibe,” added Seth.
“I’m not really into the very drummy sound, I want to bring
back songs that tell stories, songs that have a bit of magic to
them — songs that you go home and remember. Not just
drums and drums and drums and drums.”
Jamie Jones
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Prodigy headline this year’s Ibiza Rocks birthday
THE MOSH-HUNGRY madness of Ibiza Rocks is about to get smacked up and amped up to hyperspeed
this season with the arrival of the legendary rave-punks The Prodigy — who headline the Ibiza Rocks
5th birthday on Tuesday 20th July. The generation-defining, stadium-smashing outfit are just one of
many top quality acts that Ibiza Rocks have recruited this season. Gutter-mouthed rapper turned soul
boy Plan B and indie-dance heroes Delphic both make their Ibiza debut, while crossover deebee
sensations Chase & Status will showcase their live show on the island for the first time. All the
madness will unfold every Tuesday at the Ibiza Rocks Hotel from 8th June to 14th September.
ESSENTIAL DATES: 29th June Plan B, 20th July The Prodigy, 27th July Dizzee Rascal, 3rd Aug Chase &
Status/Tinie Tempah, 17th Aug LCD Soundsystem, 31st Aug Kele/Delphic, 7th Sep Pendulum.
London’s Fuse present a series of beach parties
at Playa D’En Bossa’s Ushuaia
WHILE DC10’S absence left a gaping void in Ibiza’s daytime party calendar, the
success of the Ushuaia beach parties at Playa D’En Bossa’s stylish Ushuaiai went
some way to redressing the balance with Luciano’s Wednesday parties one of
the surprise packages of the summer.
This season, the Swiss/Chilean rhythm master has moved his Cadenza parties to
Sunday, while London’s underground house movement Fuse are presenting five
Tuesday daytime parties from 4pm to midnight on 1st June, 29th June, 27th
July, 31st August and 28th September. Residents Enzo Siragusa and Nima Gorji
will be joined by a range of high-quality, deeper house guests.
“By allowing these parties on Playa D’en Bossa it really gives people that holy
grail of partying on a beach and reclaims some of the Ibiza spirit,” says Fuse
promoter Dominic Cools-Lartigue. “It’s one of those things people dream about
when they go on holiday — partying on the
beach all day in Ibiza. The fact
that you can actually do
that without worrying
about the party getting
shut down by the police is
great.”
“We’re looking at less obvious,
big-name DJs that can go right across
the styles,” added Dom, on their secret
guests. “DJs that are still very much
current, but have a real history to them
and can reach back over 15 years of this
music.”
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of the summer at Anjunabeach
TREAT ‘EM MEAN, keep ‘em keen is Above & Beyond’s stance this
Ibiza season. Abstaining from their normal run of gigs at Cream’s
Amnesia shows so they can get their second artist album finished,
the UK-based trance trio are giving their legions of Balearic-bound
fans just one chance to see them this summer — at their 1st July
event Anjunabeach with Cream at Amnesia. Bolstered by an epic
three-hour set by Above & Beyond themselves, where they promise
to roadtest their forthcoming album material for the first time, the
event will also feature sets from Andy Moor as well as the deeper
melodic strains of Anjunadeep’s Jaytech.
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Aphex Twin: globally revered electronica icon without equal, mad sonic scientist, mysterious
and enigmatic outsider to the world of mainstream club culture, master of the most head-
mangling polyrhythmic chaos but equally the most soul-lifting ambient works. Not, you might
rightly think, a DJ you’re ever likely to see in the main room of Balearic superclub Space. And
you’d have been right… until this season, that is. After stunning the dance world by booking
legendary mistress of style and funk Grace Jones last summer, the crew behind We Love… Space
on Sundays have this year secured the man behind tracks such as ‘Windowlicker’, ‘Come To
Daddy’ and ’92 rave classic ‘Digeridoo’ to headline the We Love… Space on Sundays closing
party on Sunday 26th September.
“We have been thinking about booking Aphex for a few years now but didn’t quite feel it would
work or indeed that he would want to play in Ibiza,” admits We Love’s Mark Broadbent. “But
having seen his show at the Warehouse Project last year, we realised we just had to do it. It may
fall fat on its face or be the best thing to ever hit these shores but it needs to be done just like
Grace Jones last summer, which turned out to work a treat.”
“I think that our reputation for putting on quality shows helps with bookings that might not
seem obvious — people trust us to give it our best shot, make the show spectacular and attract
the right crowd for the show,” added Mark.
With a schizophrenic and maverick approach to DJing that knows little bounds or restrictions,
the question as to what Aphex Twin will actually play remains an open one. Mentalist drill ‘n’
bass, raw acid, industrial terror techno, white noise attacks and odd childlike melodies have all
wrestled in his sporadic, highly sought-after DJ sets in the past. But then that’s exactly what
makes his appearance such an exciting and groundbreaking one.
“We have booked Aphex Twin to be Aphex Twin, he has a huge following of fans all over the world
and they know what to expect,” said Broadbent. “It would be strange if he turned up with a bag
of UK funky, wouldn’t it, but then who knows? Whatever happens it will be the most talked about
show of the summer.”
Running from Sunday 13th June through to Sunday 26th September, We Love…’s full
programme includes Simian Mobile Disco, Joris Voorn, The Juan Maclean, Hot Chip (DJ set),
Prins Thomas, Paul Woolford, Felix Da Housecat, Carl Craig (live), Claude VonStroke, Four Tet,
Jesse Rose, James Holden, 2Many DJs, Jeff Mills and DJ Pierre.
We Love... Space on Sundays rocks the island by
booking Aphex Twin for their closing party
As if the Space opening party
wasn’t epic enough, this year it’s
getting super-sized as a two-day
event for 2010’s opening festa
— named ‘The Weekend
Invasion’. Kicking off at 4.30pm
on both Saturday 29th May and
Sunday 30th May and running
right through till 6am and
beyond, the two Space opening
parties will again feature the
famous outdoor space of the car
park, an arena unique to the
opening and closing parties.
Stretched to its fullest capacity,
Space’s six snaking arenas will
also be put to use. Line-up wise,
there’s a slight difference
between the two days.
With party-starting legend
Fatboy Slim headlining,
Saturday’s line-up has a slightly
more safe and mainstream feel
with Groove Armada’s Andy Cato,
John Digweed, Pete Tong and
Mark Knight, while Sunday takes
on a more techno and tech-house
template with Carl Cox, Steve
Lawler, Tiefschwarz, 2000 And
One, Chris Liebing, Cristian
Varela, Guy Gerber, Radio Slave
and Nick Curly.
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The sound of underground Brazil arrives in Ibiza with
Warung’s new Wednesday night Privilege residency
WITH Mauro Picotto’s Meganite sessions at Privilege
no more, Playa D’En Bossa’s Space have launched an
impressive attack for Ibiza’s Wednesday techno and
underground house crowd through their weekly
Kehakuma parties.
And if you’re sniping this might be some half-
hearted, in-house attempt to plug the midweek gap,
then think again.
Instead, Space’s Kehakuma has gone all out to
marry the best of the old school and the modern
musical shapeshifters with each week bringing
together up to eight top quality headliners. German
electronic masters like Booka Shade, Martin
Buttrich, Sascha Dive , Ellen Allien and Tiefschwarz
all feature across the season. The Dutch rolling
tech-house sound of 2000 And One is represented,
Mannheim innovators like Nick Curly and Johnny D
have been secured and the sensuous, edgy and
achingly of-the-moment grooves of Seth Troxler, Lee
Curtiss and Jamie Jones also appear.
At the same time, there is still room for NYC’s house
hero Dennis Ferrer, underground house don Jesse
Rose, Rekids boss Radioslave French techno
experimentalist Agoria and more leftfield choices
like Cobblestone Jazz.
It all kicks off on Wednesday 2nd June with the
legendary François K, Get Physical’s M.A.N.D.Y, Steve
Bug, Martinez, the intense Dutch techno of Secret
Cinema who plays live and a conscious nod to the
new school through the shimmering sounds of the
unstoppable UK techno innovator Glimpse.
AN EVER present in the upper reaches of our top
100 clubs poll, Brazil’s Warung is landing on Ibiza
with its bold Wednesday night residency at the
colossal Privilege this season. Lying blissfully on
the golden sands of Southern Brazil’s Praia Brava
and flanked by rainforests, the beach-hut of
Warung is pretty much universally known as one of
the most spell-binding South American clubbing
experiences around and it’s now hoping to
transport some of that famous samba magic to the
Balearic party island.
“It’s about bringing global clubbing together,”
explains Illustrious Management’s Ulli Rüger, who
has helped mastermind the move. “Brazil is an
amazing clubbing destination and Warung is its
most legendary and beautiful club, so for us it is
really important to promote it in the heart of
Europe’s club scene.”
While wading into the crowded, competitive and
fiercely protective Ibizan clubbing landscape has
clearly left certain Warung favourites off-limits
(Sasha, Sven Väth, Paul Woolford and Luciano are
all favourites at the Brazil club), Warung Ibiza’s
line-up plots an impressively diverse spectrum for
a debut season. Party starting genre chameleon
Felix Da Housecat, house legends X-Press 2 and
Kevin Saunderson’s pioneering techno-pop outfit
Inner City are all on the bill, while the more
melodic techno vibes of Robert Babicz, Aril Brikha
and, of course, Brazilian über producer Gui
Boratto also find a home. Representing
tomorrow’s talents are previous DJmag coverstars
SOS and Global Underground’s Sultan.
“In the beginning we’ll be starting off very
house-orientated, before switching through the
night into tech-house before ending up on techno
— which is the philosophy of Warung,” explains
Ulli. “We’re also representing the cream of
Brazilian electronic music, with two live
performances from famous electronic live act Life
Is A Loop and Warung Brazil resident Aninha.”
Offering an alternative appeal to the main room,
the Coco Loco room will be host to weekly label/
promotion showcases.
“We’ve got Supernature with Solomun and
Audiofly, Secretsundaze with Giles Smith and
James Priestley, Get Physical with Heidi and Alex
Kid,” continued Ulli. “Then on 8th September we’ll
be doing a Hope Vs Audiotherapy night with Dave
Seaman, Nick Warren and D.Ramirez doing a
four-hour back-to-back.”
Space’s in-house Wednesday sessions bring old school
legends, new school innovators and quality sounds all-round
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With a live residency at Space, Ibiza and a perfectly-formed debut album — ‘Runner’ — in
tow, summer 2010 couldn’t get any hotter for Glimpse.
DJmag snagged him to talk inspirations, thriving under pressure and of course his plans
on the White Isle…
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“I
am a complete workaholic a lot of the
time,” considers Christopher Spero, aka
Glimpse. “I’m really specifc about how I
work in the studio, when I work in the
studio, the equipment that I use, and I try to be very
precise to the extent that I’ll lie awake at night
thinking about a hi-hat. To the extent that it pisses
my girlfriend off, understandably. It’s out of
control!” he laughs.
It may well be the case that this 29-year-old London
DJ/producer is obsessive over detail and a slave to
the rhythm, but it’s an approach that’s clearly paid
off. With a handsome back catalogue of releases that
any other relative newcomer would give their
eye-teeth for, on all the coolest labels (try Get
Physical, Buzzin Fly, Cadenza and the mighty Planet E
on for size), suffce to say, Glimpse is hot property
indeed. Yet it’s down to his relentless work ethic that
he’s risen from relative obscurity to being one of the
most in-demand artists out there in a matter of years.
This summer, he’s destined to detonate Space, Ibiza
with eight dates of a live residency at We Love, while
there’s also the small matter of a much-anticipated
debut artist album ‘ Runner’, out now on the
none-cooler Crosstown Rebels. But it seems that
Chris is taking it all in his stride.
“I’ve been doing this professionally for three or four
years, playing almost every weekend, but until you’ve
got a platform like Planet E or Cadenza, where
suddenly overnight everyone knows your name a lot
more, you don’t get noticed so much. The association
with Carl Craig and him playing a lot of my stuff has
helped me a lot. With Crosstown Rebels as well. I’m
defnitely happy with where it’s going now!”
Chris makes it all sound so easy, but his journey has
been one of applied dedication and determination.
At the age of 14, he discovered the liberating power
of dance music, bugging out to one of the nation’s
most beloved dance acts when they played live at a
big London venue.
“I went to see Orbital at Brixton Academy, and they
blew my mind and I thought, ‘I’ve got to get into
this!’”
Post-rave epiphany, he began DJing and immersing
himself in electronic music. It was to prove the
sounds of granite-tough techno that would come to
shape his perspectives and encourage Glimpse to
take his hobby seriously, though. Birmingham
butchers Surgeon and Regis featured in his staple
listening diet, as well as Robert Hood and idol Jeff
Mills. Concurrently, he developed a taste for more
organic sounds, all of which colour and feed into his
electronic productions today.
“I listen to a lot of Afrobeat actually, a lot of blues and
jazz stuff. Techno-wise, it’s all about Jeff Mills, he’s
an idol of mine. I love a lot of old Detroit techno.
Present artists that I like are Omar S and Levon
Vincent. I like really earthy techno and house, I
suppose.”
ASTUTE
In 2005, Glimpse began to emit his frst few releases
on his own label, the Kompakt-affliated Glimpse
Recordings. A series of ‘% Black’ releases garnered
plenty of attention with their chrome-plated,
glimmering technoid styles. Later, growing in
confdence, he set out to build a name for himself,
with tracks for all kinds of different labels.
“I always was a bit paranoid in sending my music to
other people,” Glimpse admits. “I started my own
label and always released on that until people started
asking me for remixes and stuff. Last year, I thought,
I’m gonna start sending music to other labels and a
lot of other people said that I really should.”
It was an astute move. With the stakes raised, and his
increasingly high production values, his cuts became
ever more exciting and diverse. ‘We Existed’ (2008,
Four Twenty) showed a propensity for slick but steely,
underground vocal house, featuring soul legend Taka
Boom; last year’s ‘Drifting’ on Carl Craig’s Planet E
was a perfect simulacrum of Motor City electronics,
rich in mahogany synths and space-age, star-gazing
optimism; and his face off with Lee Van Dowski on
Cadenza, ‘La Cucina Del Cabrón’, was a perfect
stripped down confection of tech funk and rumbling
ethno percussion.
Perhaps his fnest moment to date is ‘Colours’, a
hugely potent, upbeat slab of classic house, tinged
with old school atmospherics and huge synth stabs,
made in collaboration with fellow feted producer Jay
Shepheard. Working equally well alone as with other
producers, Chris considers collaborations to be a vital
part of his working process.
“It’s an important part of my work. I do all of my
collabs over Skype. When you’re into the same music,
you’ve got the best job ever. You get into the studio,
go have some breakfast, listen to some music that
one or the other brings to the table, and then just
get going. I think it’s one of the things that I like
about my job the most. It doesn’t always work, if it
doesn’t work you’ve got to be prepared to go, ‘Cool,
no worries, let’s give it another crack or not’.
Everyone’s got a different view on a sound or on a
groove, and I fnd it really exciting to get other
people’s views.”
ON THE RUN
The fnal part of the jigsaw, of course, is the album,
and thankfully ‘Runner’ delivers on all that promise,
and then some. A condensed, satisfying hit of
fathomless electronic clubbed-out splendour, it
smelts molten machine funk with more organic,
warmer fragments of soul and African percussion to
create a distinctive, devastating brew that could have
been made by no one but Glimpse. ‘Walk Tall’ works
ghostly shimmers of live marimba, sprinkling its
skeletal, brittle majesty over driving but mellow
house drums and an inspirational snippet of speech
from jazz great Cannonball Adderley. ‘If I Was Your
Girl’ is a majestic fotilla of Basic Channel dub techno
studio desk manipulations and phantom echo,
spliced with smoky r&b-licked male vocal tones and
half-forgotten smudges of Detroit chords.
“I wanted people to listen to the album and look back
at the music that inspired me,” Glimpse insists. “So
there’s a lot of the Afrobeat, blues and jazz in there.
If I’m going to listen to techno, it’s going to be purist
techno, that’s what I’m into. So that’s gonna come
across, and my interest in Detroit and Chicago
house.”
Disco, too, rears its head on the looped-up ’70s funk
and propulsive 4/4s of ‘New Beginnings’, but as Chris
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White Isle…
1. Tangerine Dream
‘Love On A Real Train’ Virgin
“This is one of my favourite records. One of the most
emotive pieces of electronic music ever made. An
absolute masterpiece.”
2. Beaumont Hannant
‘Woven Textures’ General Production Recordings
“Another great track from the English duo that
released four LPs during the ’90s but have now
disappeared. This track is really original, and the
textures and production are amazing.”
3. Boom Bip
‘Do’s & Dont’s’ Lex Records
“I’ve never heard anything like this before. Just
amazing.”
4. Glimpse & Jay Shepheard
‘Colours’ Glimpse Recordings
“This is a track I wrote with Jay last summer, and it
really rocked the terrace at Space. I’m looking
forward to playing some new edits of it again this
summer.”
5. Pet Shop Boys
‘Heart’ EMI
“I have always been fascinated by this record and
never tire of it. The vocal is amazing. It has an ability
to cross genres and never date. Perfect pop music!”

quite rightly points out, if you want to plunder the past,
you have to do it right.
“Disco is wicked, I’ve always been into it. Jeff Mills used to
play disco at the end of his sets, Robert Hood played disco.
It’s always had a very good relationship with techno and
house, there’s a grey area in the middle that all of those
genres can occupy. In the right hands it can still be great.
But in the wrong hands, it will be sacrilege. “If you’re
making flter disco and you’ve got a really great analogue
flter, and a great sound and an understanding of techno
and disco then you can get a great result, but if you sit
there trying to copy someone then you get a bad result.
That’s what techno does, it acts as a sponge. It’s constantly
reinventing itself, absorbing other genres and taking other
bits, pianos, disco… that’s kind of why I like working
within it, it’s limitless, really.”
The biggest departure of the album, though, is the epic,
strung out Kosmiche electronica of last track ‘Train In
Austria’, a beatless but surging clank of rolling stock
through a snow-blanketed landscape, and a dedication of
sorts to one of Glimpse’s favourite tunes of all time,
Tangerine Dream’s ‘Love On A Real Train’.
“That’s a complete reference, you’re the frst person to pick
up on that! That’s why it’s called ‘Train In Austria’. I wrote a
whole series of records about train journeys. I went
through the Alps and it was this long and really amazing
journey. The whole rhythm and the sounds, it was quite
epic, and that inspired the vibe of the track.”
Largely made last year when Chris was on a self-imposed
sabbatical to Berlin, inspiration for the album’s myriad
different directions was often borne out during running
sessions in the afternoon — hence the album’s title.
Hitting the studio in the morning and then going for a
brisk jog to clear his head, the slender framed Glimpse
found running therapeutic, and that it aided the creative
process. In fact, running has been a constant in his life
since meeting his girlfriend two years ago, who introduced
him to it.
“When I started going out with her she was a really keen
runner and I was quite unft, cos I was spending quite a lot
of time in the studio. And she bought me some running
shoes for my 27th birthday, which I’ve still got. And I
started running. I thought it was quite a ftting title for the
album, because when I was in the studio in Berlin working
on the album, I’d go running in the afternoon. You could
get lots of ideas.”
PRECONCEPTIONS
For an artist so ensconced within dance music culture, it
seems surprising that until last summer, Glimpse had never
been to Ibiza, his perception of the island tainted with
preconceptions of its naffest excesses. Thankfully, a set at
Space last summer changed all that, and now he’s a
card-carrying convert.
“I’d only ever seen Ibiza Uncovered and I guess I had a
negative view of what it might be like,” Chris confesses.
“Last year I played one gig at Space, it was an amazing gig.
I played the last set on the Terrace. I literally landed and
went there with no expectation. I thought it would be
quite quiet but it was absolutely rocking, it was an amazing
show. I had an absolutely fantastic time and I can’t wait to
get back out there, to enjoy it on every level, playing,
working, clubbing, and just as a holiday. It ticks a lot of
boxes. It’s nice to go to a club one night or two nights, and
then the rest of the time chill out.”
Good thing, too, as he’s got an unprecedented eight date
live residency at Space night Kehakuma, a fact Chris is still
reeling from.
“My agent phoned me a few months ago, and said we’ve
booked you for Space and I was really happy!” he smiles. “I
was quite surprised that I had eight shows but I’ve been
writing music especially for it. It’s going to be quite a lot of
stuff off the album, but there’s quite a few things that are
custom-written for that environment, too.”
Naturally, Glimpse won’t be letting the double whammy of
a prestigious live residency in Ibiza or adulation for
‘Runner’ get in the way of that dedicated work ethic.
“I’ve got a new single coming on Cocoon with Martin
Dawson after the album, and there’s some other bits,
something with Matt Tolfrey. Jay Shepheard and I are
doing an EP for my label. I’m doing a collaboration with
Will Saul at the moment, he’s a good mate.”
With plenty of new releases already lined up, it looks like
he’ll be pounding the pavements – and dancefoors – into
submission for a long while yet…
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Nu disco is set to be the sound of Ibiza 2010, edging
minimal out of the way as its anything-goes spirit
brings joyful Balearica back to the dancefoor. DJmag
reports…
Words: Claire HugHes
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n the UK, across America, all over Australia, in Brazil,
Berlin, Norway, Paris, Portugal, Ibiza and Japan
there’s a fresh sound working its way out of back rooms
in clubs onto main room dancefoors.
And it’s this groove-based, vastly musical house sound,
laden with vocals, that’s been shoving the bland, soulless
sound of minimal out of the way as it cuts a path to the
nearest, glistering mirrorball-lit spot on the dancefoor.
“I’m really happy that after the dark period of minimal
people are getting back to joyful melodies and joyful
music,” says German disco-house producer Tensnake.
“It’s just better to dance to, better to have a good time to.”
Tensnake is just one of the legion of future dance stars
making this new style of disco and 1980s boogie-
infuenced house music that’s been bubbling under for the
best part of a decade and is now pushing its way into the
mainstream.
His 2009-released ‘Holding Back (My Love)’ was one of the
biggest underground ‘nu disco’ tunes of last year; played
by everyone from Prins Thomas to Pete Tong. It’s put
Tensnake and the output from his Mirau label on the global
nu disco map; an underground network that snakes a
pulsating path to vibrant scenes fourishing in pockets all
over the world.
This nu disco circuit is where DJs such as Greg Wilson, The
Revenge, Prins Thomas, Todd Terje and Lindstrøm all DJ
regularly, every weekend. And when they’re not playing
records, they’re making them, or doing re-edits of old disco
cuts to play in their sets.
And now, with the Ibiza 2010 season just kicking off, tracks
such as Tensnake’s ‘Coma Cat’ are already looking set to
mutate from the underground hotbed — where they’ve
been bubbling under for a while — into fully-blown Ibiza
anthems.
Balearic
“I think in a way it’s because people in Ibiza want to hear a
more Balearic soundtrack that this style of music is
becoming more popular,” says Sean Brosnan, head honcho
of Needwant, the label that’s just released the third
instalment in the successful ‘Future Disco’ compilation
series.
“People used to think disco was a dirty word but now it’s
come back round again. When I DJ, I combine deep house
with disco stuff, boogie-infuenced music, even some of
the flter house sound that was popular in the 1990s. I’m
30 this year and I grew up in the 1990s listening to house
music that contained lots of disco samples. Bands like
Crazy P, Faze Action and a lot of the stuff that came out on
Nuphonic and Paper Recordings in the 1990s sampled old
disco tunes. I dug back from then and I think a lot of the
people making re-edits of old disco and boogie tracks from
the 1970s and 1980s are doing the same thing.”
Sean put out his frst ‘Future Disco’ album last year; one of
the fnal compilations to come out on the now defunct
Azuli label. That frst selection of disco-infused tunes
included fresh cuts such as Tensnake’s ‘Holding Back (My
Love)’ and the Hercules & Love Affair remix of Chaz
Jankel’s ‘Get Yourself Together’.
After it was released, the album became 2009’s biggest
selling compilation on iTunes. It also generated the kind of
feedback on blogs and in music press and music-dedicated
websites that encouraged Sean to make plans to put out a
follow-up to the frst one. And this summer, Needwant has
a residency at Space in Ibiza as well as a set of tour dates
that will take the label’s future disco sound all over the
world.
“There’s been a lot of interest in disco for a long time now,”
says Sean. “In London there’s underground parties such as
Horse Meat Disco and Disco Bloodbath that are packed out
every time they happen. And there are underground
parties like that all over the world. In Norway, Prins
Thomas and Lindstrøm have been pushing the sound for
ages. Then there’s the whole DFA thing from New York, and
Tim Sweeney’s Beats In Space (www.beatsinspace.com)
show that he does out of the city every week. He’s really
been hugely responsible for pushing this new disco sound.
Really it’s just groove-based music that’s been a bit of a
refreshing antidote to the boring minimal sound that
we’ve all had to suffer for so long.”
Anything goes
This nu disco eclecticism encapsulates the anything-goes-
style spirit that DJs such as Larry Levan were famous for at
the Paradise Garage and that DJs such as Francois K and
David Mancuso have based their entire DJing career on
— and still purvey now. The baton has now been picked up
by DJs from all over the world. The Social Disco Club in
Portugal is all about this nu disco sound. So too are bands
such as Escort and Holy Ghost from New York.
According to king of the re-edit, Greg Wilson, it’s no
surprise that old tunes from the soul, funk, disco and
1980s boogie era continue to be re-worked and re-hashed
by music fans today.
“The thing about this new disco scene is that it
encompasses so many other things apart from 1970s
disco,” says Greg. “I remember when I started DJing in the
early 1980s people used to refer to disco music not as a
specifc genre but just the music played in clubs and
discotheques which was predominantly soul and funk. It
was only later down the line it became a specifc genre
when the more European aspect of it came to the fore.
Then when people thought of disco, they always thought
of it in those terms. Saturday Night Fever changed things
and put disco music into a different context; taking it away
“It’s because people in
Ibiza want to hear a more
Balearic soundtrack that
this style of music is
becoming more popular”
SEAN BROSNAN,
NEEDWANT
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Greg Wilson picks his
current, hot-to-drop top
10 re-edits.
01. The Beatles
‘Tomorrow Never Knows
(Leftside Wobble Edit)’
Original released in 1966

02. Cosmic Boogie 004
‘Youngblood’
Original by War
Released in 1978

03. Disco Deviance 014
‘Shack Up (Revenge Edit)’
Original by Banbarra
Released in 1975

04. Duff Disco 004
‘Eagle Flight’
Original by Steve Miller Band
(‘Fly Like An Eagle’)
Released in 1976

05. GW Ruff Edits #4
‘French Crystal’/‘Belgian Jungle’
Originals by Crystal Grass (‘Crystal
World’)/Chakachas (‘Jungle Fever’),
released in 1974/1971

06. Jay W McGee
‘When We Party (Uptown
Downtown) (Chopshop Edit)’
Original released in 1982

07. Sharon & Diana
‘Special Hangover (Henry
Greenwood Edit)’
Originals by Sharon Brown
(‘I Specialize In Love’)
& Diana Ross (‘Love Hangover’)
Released in 1982/1976

08. 6th Borough Project
‘Just A Memory’
Original by Hi-Gloss
(‘You’ll Never Know’)
Released in 1981

09. T-Coy
‘Carino (Greg Wilson Edit)’
Original released in 1987

10. William DeVaughn
‘Be Thankful For What You Got
(Onur Engin Edit)’
Original released in 1980 (this was a
remake of a previous recording by the
same artist issued in 1974)

Tensnake
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from the black side more. People talk about punk as a
movement, they say how big it was, but it was tiny in
comparison to what disco was — it was massive.”

One of the tunes Greg is playing non-stop at the moment is
an edit of William DeVaughn’s old soul classic ‘Be Thankful
For What You Got’ by an unknown Turkish producer called
Onur Engin.
“I picked up that track originally on Soundcloud,” says
Greg. “If it wasn’t for Soundcloud I would never have been
able to fnd that re-edit, and I would never have been able
to make contact with someone like Onur. Now the
possibilities are endless and I do think that’s what’s
pushed the whole re-edits culture that’s been a huge
driving force in this nu disco scene. It’s all about young
people interpreting old sounds with a fresh, future twist.
That’s what makes it such an exciting fresh scene rather
than just an exercise in nostalgia.”
It’s this maverick, feisty, old-meets-new eclecticism that’s
back with a vengeance and taking over clubland. Wind
back 10 years and the thought of combining a mid-tempo
house tune with a techno cut, then a hip-hop tune with a
bit of funk, soul and flter disco would have been unheard
of but now, walk into any club anywhere in the world, and
you’re more likely to hear a DJ mixing it up than boshing
out fve hours solid of techno.
It’s anarchy; not just in the UK, but on dancefoors all over
the world.
Freedom
“I think it’s more about freedom than anarchy,” says The
Revenge, aka Glasgow-based producer Graeme Clarke.
“Most DJs play using a laptop now and crowds expect a DJ
to have loads of music with them, so they expect to hear a
wide variety of tunes when they go out dancing.”
Graeme’s label Instruments Of Rapture has been
instrumental in supporting this nu disco scene and,
according to him, DJs are starting to realize that they’re
now playing to the iPod and iTunes generation of clubbers
who have shorter attention spans. These clubbers, he says,
are used to picking and choosing what they listen to and
have developed musical tastes that aren’t restricted by
genre.
“At the end of the day a DJ is communicating with a room
full of people via music so you can’t dictate to them,” says
Graeme. “It’s like you’re having a conversation through
music and you have to pick up on what people want to hear
and dance to. We’re going through tough political times at
the moment. The planet is in economic crisis, then you
have natural events like that volcano going off recently
that brought the whole world to a standstill. I think that
it’s because of things like this that people just want to have
fun, listening to music that makes them smile, dance and
be happy and they certainly don’t want to go out and
dance to the same, boring, one-dimensional soundtrack
all night.”
The Revenge started doing re-edits of tunes over a decade
ago; using them as DJ tools to bridge the gaps between
genres.
“For me, the whole re-edit thing was just about making DJ
secret weapons for myself to play in my sets and bridge the
gap between the hip-hop, soul, disco, house and funk that
I was playing in bars and clubs around Glasgow,” says
31-year-old Graeme. “That’s what DJing has always been
about for me: you’ve got a room full of people and a whole
load of tunes and you’re just trying to tie it all together and
make everyone dance.”
In 2007, his re-edit of Hot Chocolate’s ‘Cadillac’ got so
much attention on the blogs (with Todd Terje bigging it up
all over) that it got picked up by Jiscomusic for release.
Since then, Graeme’s been putting out his own music
through his own Instruments Of Rapture label and is
working on a full-length production album for Jimpster’s
Delusions Of Grandeur label; yet another imprint that’s
pushing this eclectic, nu disco sound.
Back in March this year, Graeme DJ’d in Miami at New York
DJ Tim Sweeney’s Beats In Space party.
“Seeing and hearing Harvey DJ there was amazing,” says
Graeme. “For me the spirit of disco is that eclecticism and
that’s what Harvey does. He played for fve hours; playing
everything across-the-board and keeping everyone in the
palm of his hand, dancing and having an amazing time. I’m
not old enough to have been to the Paradise Garage but
I’ve read about it and seen footage and I think that’s really
what this nu disco sound now is about. People make the
mistake of thinking that disco music back in the 1970s and
1980s was all about what was going on at Studio 54 but it
wasn’t; it was just about people dancing in clubs and losing
their minds through an eclectic mix of music played by DJs
who didn’t stick to one genre.”
Ibiza has traditionally been the stepping-stone to the
mainstream when it comes to what’s hot in dance music.
That’s why, this summer, it’ll be this nu disco sound you’re
going to hear creeping further into the main room line-ups
in the clubs; being played by DJs such as The Rapture, Greg
Wilson, and the mighty Tensnake.
“It’s just because people are fed up with the minimal sound
and are hungry for something new,” says Tensnake.
“They don’t care if it’s cool, or if it’s right or wrong, really
it’s just about having fun.”
“It’s all about young
people interpreting old
sounds with a fresh,
future twist. That’s what
makes it such an exciting
fresh scene...”
GREG WILSON
Greg Wilson
The Revenge
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With Sonar 2010 looking like the strongest edition yet,
DJmag tapped up the warrior queen of experimental music
herself, Mary Anne Hobbs, to find out why the Barcelona
electronic music fest remains such a magnetic draw and
who the best acts to catch are this year…
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BLIPPIN’ ‘N’
TIPPIN’!
Words: BEN MURPHY
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hen it comes to the best in futuristic,
challenging, uncompromising music,
Sonar rules. The iconic Catalan festival
— which every year stretches out
across Barcelona with tentacular grace and in 2010
takes place between 17th – 19th June — manages to
pack in the finest of all the electronic beats that matter
within its line-ups, from the biggest, globe-straddling
acts to the freshest firebrands, with an emphasis on the
experimental. By day, the domain of out-there sonic
scientists plying their trade in the blazing sun, and by
night, a ravemungous aircraft hangar of capacious size,
designed for heads-down grooving, Sonar has
something for every open-minded music fan.
In 2009, everyone from Grace Jones to Moderat to
Martyn to Animal Collective played; this time, the festie
organisers have upped the stakes, inviting giants like
The Chemical Brothers, LCD Soundsystem and the
dapper Roxy Music to the party, as well as expanding the
festivities to another outpost of Spain — Galicia’s A
Coruña — inviting the likes of Sasha to ignite the
dancefloor.
For many, though, the reason Sonar has such enduring
appeal is the breakthrough artists who play there before
they hit the big time. An unerringly accurate musical
barometer of peerless cool, when people play Sonar one
year, their profile is elevated immeasurably the next.
But just who are the essential acts to catch in 2010?
Well, if anyone’s qualified to comment, it’s Radio 1’s
experimental music ambassador Mary Anne Hobbs.
As a DJ and broadcaster she’s remained a tireless
champion of the freshest beats since first hosting The
Breezeblock show on Radio 1 in 1997. Today, her
Experimental show on the station pushes the freshest in
dubstep, techno, ambient and the latest bass music
mutations, and has led to Mary Anne becoming a kind of
dubstep conquistador.
REAL POTENTIAL
With constant DJ gigs all over the world, she’s also now
a regular fixture on the Sonar line up since she first
curated a stage there three years ago.
“Sonar invited me to curate in 2007 and to bring UK
dubstep to their stage for the very first time,” Mary
Anne remembers. “I chose Oris Jay, Kode 9 & The Space
Ape and Skream to represent the different eras and
textures of sound. We had no idea what to expect,
especially as The Beastie Boys were headlining at the
exact same time as my showcase just 10 paces away on
the main stage. But the night was biblical. The stage
was mobbed and completely wild. It was the first time
anyone had a sense of the real potential of the sound
globally.”
Since weighing in with that none-more-heavy
line-up in 2007, Mary Anne Hobbs has become a
card-carrying advocate for Sonar and
reckons the sheer size of the platform
that it affords new artists is
unparalleled.
“The scale of Sonar is what makes it
so significant,” she believes. “To offer
up a stage to an artist which (at 8500
capacity) is probably 10 times the size
of anything they may have
experienced before is very exciting.
And it’s a real challenge to see if a fresh and vital young
artist can cross over there. For many — Skream, Flying
Lotus, Joker and The Gaslamp Killer particularly — Sonar
has been a real tipping point in their career.”
Each year Mary Anne has upped the ante, but 2010 is set
to trounce them all. At Sonar By Night on 18th
June, she’s invited three of the most influential
beat-makers alive to blast out their most
highly-evolved rhythms from her stage,
reflecting the progression of her beloved
dubstep, funky and mongrel bass music beats.
With LA’s cosmic overlord Flying Lotus, future garage
hype machine Joy Orbison and UK funky poster boy
Roska all playing — as well as Mary Anne herself, of
course — it’s destined to be the biggest one yet, and
she’s already awaiting it with baited breath.
“Everything’s exciting, from the phenomenal
soundsystem, to the incredible industrial setting under
the warm star-studded skies in Barcelona, to the
wonderful audience who come with open hearts in such
vast great numbers, the sunshine, the food, the
beach, the architecture. It’s a multi-sensory
cultural experience!” she enthuses.
Mary Anne reckons that 2010 is destined to be a
particularly exciting and significant
year for music.
“The greatest thing about electronic
music in 2010 is that you never
know what’s around the next
corner. The cheap production
software that allows almost anyone
to build beats and the global
platforming that Soundcloud and
MySpace allow mean that the whole
creative process is now accelerating
so rapidly, it’s impossible to predict
what’s next.”
In this light, there could be no
better time for Mary Anne to pick out her Sonar top tips.
For bass music bliss, read on…
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ROSKA One of the most feted and
rated of the new crop of mutant house
pioneers behind the UK funky
phenomenon, Roska, fresh from the
release of his self-titled debut album
on Rinse, gets the nod from Mary
Anne as one to watch this Sonar.
“Roska is a dazzling young London-
based star of the UK funky scene, and
the very first UK funky artist ever to be
booked at Sonar for my showcase on
the Sonar Lab stage 12-3am Friday
18th June,” she informs.
NOSAJ THING
“One of the most
exciting of the new
generation LA artists,”
says Mary Anne of the
wonky psychedelic
hip-hop dude who’s
drawn favourable
comparisons with the
likes of Flying Lotus.
“He’s bringing his full
live light show into
Sonar By Day on Friday
18th June.”
HUDSON MOHAWKE Mary Anne
expects big things from the versatile,
day-glo electro funker who recently wowed
the world with the ‘Butter’ LP.
“This Glaswegian boy wonder signed to
Warp will follow my showcase on the Sonar
Lab stage on Friday 18th June,” she says.
LUCKY ME PRESENTS
“The Saturday night showcase on
the Sonar Lab stage from
Glasgow’s inspirational crew from
12-3am is a must. The whole five
act bill looks impressive, and I’m
particularly excited to check
Machine Drum’s set for them.”
ROXY MUSIC To prove she’s not all just about the heavy bass, Mary Anne’s tipping the suave glam
rockers, who should be on firing form, after Bryan Ferry’s recent star turn with DJ Hell.
“Anyone born in my era will find it hard to resist another bout with Bryan Ferry on the Saturday night at
Sonar. He was always pop music’s real panther!” she winks.
THE SUGARHILL GANG “I’m serious! Old
skool hip-hop heroes play the Sonar Lab stage on
Friday night after my showcase… I can’t wait!”
JOY ORBISON “The shooting star of the
UK’s electronic underground… He was the first
artist to be confirmed to play at Sonar in 2010. I
actually booked him way back in autumn of last
year to perform on my Sonar Lab stage on
Friday 18th June. I imagine he will be
devastatingly good.”
ZOMBY “Notorious as one of the
Hyperdub label’s most mysterious and
elusive producers. I hope he will show in
Barcelona. He’s a challenging character
but I admire his work very much.”
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FOR SONAR
MOODYMANN
Detroit’s disco-tech
enigma is coming to the
festival for a rare-as-
hen’s-teeth appearance
and anything could
happen. The be-Afro-ed,
outspoken Kenny Dixon
Jnr sure isn’t known for
doing it the conventional
way, so expect anything
from ebony toned jazzy
electronics to looped up
electrofunk to raw,
soulful techno, via
twisted hip-hop. Or just
expect the unexpected
— and for it to be
amazing.
PURSUIT GROOVES Surfacing on dubstep impresario Pinch’s Tectonic label, Pursuit
Grooves’ debut album ‘Foxtrot Mannerisms’ was like a mental NYC mesh of Jill Scott on cosmic pills
with a side order of bass music and electronic atmospherics. This huge talent’s popularity is set to
snowball — catch her at Sonar first, while you still can.
PLASTIKMAN
Richie Hawtin has
resurrected his
dormant Plastikman
moniker and you
know what that
means.
Unparalleled acid
techno sound and
fury and tracks from
his beyond classic
‘Sheet One’ album,
blasting out of one of
the most formidable
soundsystems known
to man, not to
mention visuals that
would give James
Cameron a heart
attack. To miss this
would be folly.
FUCK BUTTONS It’s not just the name that’s keeping this Bristolian duo off the
daytime radio playlists. Their immensely wigged out Kosmiche electronics are a long way
from the conventional, but that hasn’t stopped them picking up critical and public acclaim
for their last, Andrew Weatherall-produced album ‘Tarot Sport’. Live is where they come into
their own — down some moon juice and sink into the sounds.
LCD
SOUNDSYSTEM
With James Murphy
insisting that their new
third album ‘This Is
Happening’ will be their
last, there may not be
that many more
opportunities to catch
his live punk disco
juggernaut live. And
with reports suggesting
this is also his best
record yet, it would be
foolhardy to miss them
perform tracks from it in
the inspiring environs of
Sonar, as well as all the
classics, of course.
AEROPLANE Arguably, this Belgian duo took the nu disco sound to the new levels of
popularity that it’s currently enjoying. But with anticipation rising for the forthcoming
album due on Wall of Sound, have they got what it takes to go all the way? Find out when
they play Sonar By Night on 18th June…
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place around the Sonar festival 2010…
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ULTRA SONIC
WAVES!
Words: BEN MURPHY
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s much as the three days and nights of Sonar 2010 itself remain the main event, the Barcelona-based
electronic music festival just wouldn’t be the same without the satellite parties that orbit around the city.
Representing the absolute best of underground dance music, there’s everything to be found here, from red
light blinking sweatboxes heaving to nocturnal rhythms, to sun-dappled beach bound label showcases. It’s a cheese-free
alternative to Miami WMC.
There’s too many parties to go to them all, though — what to do? Look no further than DJmag’s guide to the best of the
best, of course…
17th JUNE
M-PLANT, EPM MUSIC & PHONOMONKEY
PRESENTS ROBERT HOOD ‘OMEGA’
NITSA, Thursday
The man behind the original, real minimal sound (yeah,
not the soul-less nonsense) Detroit’s Robert Hood is
back to blast Barca after last year’s phenomenal party at
Nitsa. Playing “semi-live”, and showcasing tracks from
his new album ‘Omega’, he’s joined by techno king Mark
Broom, crazy ass electro bass nutjobs Detroit Grand
Pubahs and DJ3000. Free entry with an invite or €15
without.
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KODE9 & PLAT DU JOUR PRESENT
HYPERDUB 2010
MONDO, Thursday
We can always rely upon Plat Du Jour to bring the best
beats to Sonar. Previous years have seen hook ups with
revolutionary labels Numbers and Brainfeeder, and this
time they’re linking with Kode9’s crew of futuristic bass
music fiends Hyperdub for a showcase of next-level
electronics and neon bright synthage. Expect warped
bleeps from Ikonika, deep UK funky vibes from Cooly G,
leftfield two-step from Darkstar and plenty of prolapse-
inducing basslines from noise terrorist himself Kode9.
Limited adv. tickets at £15 from ticketweb.co.uk.
mondobcn.com
FREAK N CHIC, BLABLA & ALL INN
SHOWCASE
BOULEVARD, Thursday
The Parisian pranksters of unimpeachable, wonky
underground house cool land at Sonar for more deep
down, queasy, anything goes electroid funk. Main
man Dan Ghenacia, Shonky and the excellent Dyed
Soundorom lock horns with Alex Niggemann, Daniel
Sanchez, Mulder and Olene Kadar of the Blabla crew,
and techno, minimal and classic house will be the order
of the day.
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SOMA
LA TERRRAZZA, Thursday
A regular fixture for Off Sonar and another essential
party, Glasgow techno label Soma takes over one of
Barcelona’s coolest clubs for a deep techno and acid
house session. Details were few as DJmag went to press,
but we can reveal that label bosses Slam will lay down
their kinetic rhythms, along with Silicone Soul and
plenty more from the Soma roster.
laterrrazza.com
18th JUNE
2020 VISION
CITY HALL, Friday
It just wouldn’t be Sonar without a shindig of
gargantuan proportions courtesy of the fully focused,
fresh-to-death 2020 Vision crew. Each and every year,
their party is a highlight, and their take on deep house
and sediment burrowing techno is always on-point and
engineered for maximum funkin’. Igniting City Hall this
time are head honcho Ralph Lawson, Julien Chaptal and
Fernando of 2020 Soundsystem and Silver City renown
kicking out the dub disco jams, ‘Plastik’ producer Simon
Baker, tech cats Audiojack and the promising Burnski.
Don’t miss this one.
cityhall-bcn.com
BASS CULTURE, SAFARI ELECTRONIQUE
& REX CLUB
BOULEVARD, Friday
This is gonna bang, big style. French electronic
chameleon D’Julz brings his label Bass Culture booming
into the Catalan capital, with DJ Kasper, Lemos live and
underground favourite Alex Picone in tow. Expect classic
house vibes mixed with modern, darker machine sonics.
Arnaud Le Texier takes on room two with his Safari
Electronique stable, with a funk-infused tech house
sound. Fellow groovers Ekkohaus, Antonio De Angelis,
Cesare vs Disorder and Luciano Esse bolster the line up,
and add a third room hosted by legendary Paris club
Rex, with residents Mlle Caro, Molly and Yakine, and it’s
guaranteed to go right off.
bassculturerecords.com
KOMPAKT
NITSA, Friday
Cologne’s masters of kosmiche techno bring their
melodic, melancholic and massively influential sonics
to town for what just might be the Off Sonar event of
2010. Boss man Michael Mayer, oddball genius DJ Koze,
Sao Paulo musical mystic Gui Boratto and the wicked
Superpitcher, all erm, pitch in their takes on techno and
lush electronics. Perfectly suited to Sonar’s ethos, this is
one for the experimental heads and dance junkies alike.
nitsa.com
19th JUNE
CROSSTOWN REBELS
PLAYA EL PRAT, Saturday
Perhaps the UK’s preeminent electronic dance imprint,
Crosstown Rebels is packing major heat at Sonar this
year. Try Damian Lazarus, man of the moment Seth
Troxler, tech turned disco dude Jamie Jones, Tom Craven
and Shaun Reeves on for size, who’ll all be packing
their biggest club cuts for a typically next-level musical
showdown that runs from 7pm-5am.
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CADENZA
KANNA BEACH CLUB, Saturday
No doubt still celebrating bagging that prestigious
residency at Pacha, Ibiza, Luciano and the gang come
to Barcelona to showcase some out-of-this-world DJ
skills and deep tech knowledge, as well as an instinctive
ability to rock the disco. The Swiss-Chilean enigma is
joined by Reboot and Robert Dietz. Beg, borrow, steal,
blag entry. Just reach!
kannabeach.com
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CECILLE
RAUM, Sunday
Boom-boom-da-da, boom-boom-da-da, boom-boom-
da-da… Yup, the Mannheim sound is still everywhere.
House stripped bare with rumbling basslines and all the
ex-minimal set going mad to it. If that’s your bag, then
this will be right up your street. Label boss Nick Curly
leads the charge, accompanied by scene poster boy
Johnny D (who made the defining ‘Orbitalife’), Alex &
Anthea back to back, Marcus Fix and more. House taken
to its rhythm-centric conclusion.
raumclub.com
BOULEVARD
Ramblas 27, Barcelona 08001
CHIRINGUITO CALAMAR
Platja del Prat, El Prat de Llobregat,
Junto club maritime, Barcelona
CITY HALL
Rambla de Catalunya 4, 08008
Barcelona
KANNA
Paseig Maritim 1, Sant Adria de Besos,
Barcelon
LA TERRRAZZA
Poble Español, Avenida Marques de
Comillas, 08038 Barcelona
MONDO
Moll D’Espanya, 08039 Barcelona
MOOG
Arc del Teatre 3, 08001 Barcelona
NITSA
Nou de la Rambla, 113. Barcelona
RAUM
Calle Tarragona 141, 08014 Barcelona
SPUN OUT!
MOOG, Sunday
The wild card in the pack. The obvious draw for this
party is undoubtedly acid house psycho-billy nutcase
polymath Andrew Weatherall, from whom we can only
expect the unexpected — maybe old skool electro,
maybe punk disco ‘n’ industrial, or perhaps, just a
tearing techno set. The erudite, eloquent Ewan Pearson
brings his slo-mo house ‘n’ eclectic beats to the table,
and finally, fellow musical eccentric Tim Green adds
some wonky tech and warm rhythms. A big one!
masimas.com/moog
21st JUNE
M-NUS BEACH PARTY
CHIRINGUITO CALAMAR, Monday
Still in Barcelona? Still got a modicum of stamina left?
Still awake? Then get thee to the M-nus beach party!
Magda, Troy Pierce, Hearthrob and Barem spinning — or
should that be triggering? — metallic techno in the
gorgeous sunshine for the heads and degenerates still
capable of partying. Better still, it’s absolutely free!
We’d be mighty surprised if boss man Richie Hawtin
doesn’t make an appearance, too.
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Walls aren’t your typical Kompakt act. With their guitars and psyche-out
electronics, they’re getting everyone from dance nuts to indie kids excited.
And in their debut album ‘Walls’ they’ve just cut a modern epic to file alongside
those Boards Of Canada and Aphex Twin classics…
Left to right: Sam Willis & Alessio Natalizia
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am Willis and Alessio Natalizia
— or Walls — are deadly serious
about music. For them it’s not
just the soundtrack to the
washing up, or a debauched
night out on the tiles. It’s a way of life. And they
don’t like it when it gets cheapened and defled.
“Music is an integral part of every culture from
time immemorial, and now it gets reduced to
being an iPod advert,” Sam Willis spits
disgustedly. “We’re so serious about this, music
is our life, we want to be the best that we can
and make the best music we can, and we’re only
just getting started.”
It’s not just talk. Walls’ debut self-titled record,
out now on venerated Cologne techno label
Kompakt, oozes passion, soul and true beauty
and is very unlikely to be found soundtracking
the latest Steve Jobs money-spinning device
any time soon. It’s original – a rare commodity
indeed these days — and has got everyone from
the indie bods of NME to Norwegian disco
pioneer Prins Thomas and techno mage James
Holden excited, with its astral, psychedelic
propensities and zonked, melodic soundscapes.
Imagine bluesman John Martyn drenched in
Echoplex reverb, circa ‘Inside Out’, jamming
with Seefeel at Kraftwerk’s Kling Klong studios,
while DJ Harvey looks on approvingly, and
you’re in the ballpark. Guitars and heavy layers
of synth spin out a galactic web of entrancing
sound — with Sam Willis, known as one half of
DJ duo, bloggers and promoters Allez-Allez
— manipulating the electronics, and Alessio
Natalizia, of Banjo or Freakout renown,
strumming the tripped-out six string and
teasing out the melodies. ‘Hang Four’ is a
Balearic, summer haze shimmer of bobbing,
crystalline guitar, warm buoyant bass and slow,
4/4 cosmic discoid thud (“‘Hang Four’ is a lot of
people’s favourite track,” says Sam. “It really
puts a smile on faces. I feel so proud that we
made that. It’s very summery”); ‘Burnt Sienna’
is like a faded, nostalgia-laced photograph of a
forgotten, brilliant electro shoegazing band,
like Ride colliding with Apparat; and
‘Gaberdine’ could be a lost Border Community
gem, were it not for the folky vocals and zoned
atmospherics atop the psyche house beat.
In fact, ‘Walls’ is the kind of record you could
happily fle next to Boards Of Canada or Aphex
Twin’s best albums, but Sam seems positively
dumbfounded by all the praise that’s been
heaped on it already.
“We’re still getting our heads round the
response to the record!” he froths. “You expect
people to say nice things about your record, but
when you’re so close to it, it’s very hard for you
to hear the music objectively. It feels like a very
timely record for how things are now. Neither of
us could have made it alone. If this record’s
masters were deleted or one of us got run over
by a bus, we couldn’t remake it.”

COMBINED MINDS
Indeed, it’s very much the product of the
combined minds of the two musicians, who
each brought entirely different approaches to
the Walls sound. They frst began to work
together when Sam was asked to provide an
Allez-Allez remix of Alessio’s outft Banjo Or
Freakout. What was intended as a simple re-jig
became an ongoing collaboration, and the duo
realised there was plenty of mileage in their
sonic meld.
Walls were born, and set about cultivating their
uniquely psyche sound. With Allez-Allez’s
Kompakt connections, Sam passed the music on
to label boss Michael Mayer, who instantly liked
what he heard, despite, or maybe because of,
its difference to the rest of the Kompakt roster.
“We came up with a name, put some music up
on MySpace and started sending it out to a few
people,” Sam recalls. “It happened very quick.
Michael Mayer took a liking to it, and Kompakt’s
original idea was that we should do an EP or a
mini album. We then went away and did a whole
bunch of sketches that we were working up, and
then it was looking like an album. A short
album, but we think it works really well,” Sam
says.

BREVITY
‘Walls’’s brevity is part of its charm. Despite its
deep, meditative undertow, none of the eight
tracks outstay their welcome, offering
bite-sized, tantalising tastes of dream-state
rhythm rather than stretching them out into
fabby, overwrought epics.
“The brevity is important. To me, if people are
going to take the time to listen, you want to
reward them and for them to feel it’s time well
spent. I don’t think about DJs mixing it in.
“If someone was to explain this band to you,
they’d be like, ‘So what does it sound like, is it
nine-minute odysseys?’ We can’t do that. We
don’t feel the need to extend our tunes.”
Sam insists that ‘Walls’ is an album to be
listened to closely, where the details in the
music have the ability to transport the listener,
especially when heard in headphones. And if
the music is doing its job, drugs aren’t required
to trip you out.
“I love dance music and dancing, but it’s more
important in some ways when people listen to it
on headphones. It’s a large part of dance music
culture, going out getting wasted and dancing.
But at the same time if you can transport
somebody without a chemical high, it’s
infnitely more meaningful. Rather than get you
on the dancefoor, Walls’ aim is to take you
away wherever you want to go, it’s like a magic
carpet. That’s the power of your own mind.”
Like other artists that they consider as
contemporaries, among them The Field and
Four Tet, Walls come from dance music, but are
making something to listen to rather than
something that’s easy to mix into the next
record. And that’s only to be applauded. But
they’re not neglecting the club foors entirely;
next single ‘Hang Four’, out this month, sees
both Sam and Alessio contribute separate
remixes under their other aliases, and also
features mixes from The Field and Sam’s
brother’s band, Loose Fit. They’ve also just
bagged remixes of Caribou and Tracey Thorn,
and apparently have loads more music in
reserve. These Walls are destined to keep
building…
Read the full interview on djmag.com now…
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here’s no doubt about it — today, the
dancefloor is a far more musical place to be.
After a wave of tunes driven by technology
instead of ideas, producers have started
thinking again about the content of their
tracks. French trio dOP (or dope, Organic and from Paris)
exemplify this trend more than most, incorporating live
horns, keys and vocals into a style light-years from your
average house platter.
“You can see more real piano players, real singers, real
horn players today,” states Damien Vandesande, dOP’s
horns man. “I think this way, the music will last longer,
because it’s like jazz. People want melodies and
instruments.”
Damien and his cohorts Clement Zemstov and Jojo Illel are
in the right place, then, to spread their gospel of
experimental, soulful house music. Clement is a
percussionist with experiences of drumming with the
Mandinka people in Africa, while Jojo boasts a honey-
coated croon. With Damien’s horns, the three of them
create unique tracks crafted almost entirely from the
instruments they use.
“We have been friends since we were six-years-old,” reveals
Clement. “We used to produce for other artists, many
different styles and whatever. We wanted it to be just the
three of us, no bullshit, no complications, pure
plutonium!”
Getting introduced into the scene by Nôze, dOP instantly
found themselves surrounded by the more unusual
characters in the European party circuit, and within a year
they had notched up singles on Circus Company, Milnor
Modern, Eklo and Supplement Facts, not to mention a
whole host of remixes.
Now their latest project is about to drop, ‘Watergate 06’ —
unsurprisingly, the sixth edition in the Watergate mix
series (out now). Never known for their DJing, dOP decided
to ditch the usual idea of a mix album and set about calling
upon their friends to collaborate on exclusive tracks. Nôze,
Mathias Kaden and Tiefschwarz are just some of the artists
who have chipped in to bring about the final mix.
“It was a good opportunity to do it,” says Damien. “A real
project with friends, and they all play in Watergate, so it
made sense.”
SURPRISING
There are some pretty surprising guests amongst the
tracklisting, most notably Italian dirty house producer
Daniele Papini, and his remix of ‘Carte Blanche’. It turns
out Jojo is a huge fan of Papini, or at least he gave DJmag
that impression bouncing around the room to ‘Church Of
Nonsense’ at a pre-party in London.
“Originally, the lyrics for ‘Carte Blanche’ were on a remix
for DJ Hell,” explains Damien, “but
we had a big misunderstanding
with Gigolo, so we took back the
vocals, because the vocal is ours,
and we got Papini in to do the
remix, because the lyrics are very
hardcore. When we play this track
live, people go crazy, because Jo gives
it the sexual one! Like a sexual tornado!”
“It’s a gay track,” Jojo adds, “inspired by
Berghain!”
A bit closer to the usual dOP style, Mathias Kaden’s recent
embrace of all sounds organic (check his mind-bending
album ‘Studio 10’) made him the perfect candidate to take
the reins on one of the wilder tracks from the dOP archives.
“We did this track ‘The Ceremony’ four years ago when we
started,” Damien reveals. “I played the trombone, and we
had this crazy synthesiser, the Roland SH100, and Clement
was drumming live. We knew nothing about techno, the
only thing we knew then was Aphex Twin and Nôze. The
track disappeared and then we thought about the
compilation and we thought ‘ah! It’s perfect for Mathias!’
He did an edit and added his 808, and what he did was
crazy!”
For all the nutty tendencies of the music, though, overall
the Watergate mix is one of the most dancefloor-focused
releases dOP have put out. Where their EPs often feature as
many downtempo tracks as party starters, the whole mix
bristles with energy from start to finish.
“It’s a CD for clubbing, so it was time for us to play with
what we learned from clubbing over the last few years,”
Damien explains, “’cos the album is gonna be totally
different, not for clubbing! I’m sure a lot of people are
gonna miss the clubbing part in the album, so the
Watergate CD is like the clubbing version of dOP.”
From their roots in producing hip-hop, before the house
bug grabbed them, dOP have learnt a lot about how to
translate their instrumental tendencies into material that
will work in a club. For Jojo especially, it was a slow process
learning how to play up to club audiences in just the right
way.
“Now I know the psychology, how to approach the crowd in
a club,” Jojo reveals. “It took almost one year to
understand that. It’s been just three years that I’ve been
going to clubs, but now I know the culture, when to be
aggressive, when to be sweet, but at gigs we are getting
more and more wild.”
Rather than wild meaning nosebleed rave carnage, Jojo is
pointing out the scope that the dOP material has for
different live situations. “What’s good in our music, is that
we can play the same track very quiet,” he explains, “or
very loud. When we play tracks live now, how we play them
gets more and more extreme,” adds Damien. “In Salon Zur
Wilden Renate in Berlin, we closed a crazy three day party,
and we asked to play the smaller floor for fifty people, and
we played sat down, it was very relaxing. But when you play
in front of 3000 people with lights and smoke machines,
you have to give it to the people!”
Some of the standout collaborations on the mix came from
the two occasions when dOP joined forces with fellow
Parisian Seuil. Having been a mainstay of labels like Freak
N Chic and Minibar, Seuil is deeply entrenched in the Paris
scene. With Damien and Jojo both appearing on his
imminent album, he’s at the forefront of a reinvigorated
dance scene in the French capital.
“There’s not a party scene here,” reveals Damien, “but
there’s a really great musical energy in Paris. These days
you have Nôze and Seuil, Oleg Poliakov, Masomenos, a lot
of people with the same passion in music.”
TIGHT KNIT
Currently, dOP share a studio with their long time friends
Nôze in the Troisieme district in the centre of Paris, which
has borne the fruit of many collaborations between the two
crews. But as their relentless gigging schedule and
ever-increasing public profile has grown, so they have
needed to spread their wings further. In just the last few
weeks, Clement has moved to Berlin, and the guys have
wasted no time at all in carving themselves a groove in the
techno mecca.
“Our new home base in Berlin is Salon Zur Wilden Renate,”
Damien says fondly of the infamous party den in
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Freidrichshain. “We built another studio here as well as our
one in Paris.”
“So now there is one studio at my house,” adds Jojo, “one
studio here, one studio in Berlin…”
All this said, if your group is as tight-knit as dOP’s, is there
not a cause for concern when one of the pack decides to
re-locate to another city?
“Not at all, I think it’s a great thing,” states Damien firmly.
“It’s more interesting for us all that we move a bit. We deal
not with the same people, not with the same environment,
and so we will not end up with the same sound. It’s
perfect.”
Having well and truly established themselves in the
European scene, Damien, Clement and Jojo are not resting
on their laurels for one moment. Not content with going
beyond the call of duty with the Watergate mix, their
arsenal of forthcoming projects would make lazier groups
weep.
“We have a lot of projects because we have a lot of music up
here,” says Damien tapping his head. “We have to find
ways to express ourselves. We have to do music every day,
it’s totally a need.”
Most notably, the artist album proper from dOP will be
coming out in the Autumn. In the works for a long time, it
sees the group indulge their musical side even more,
sidestepping the dancefloor altogether.
“The dOP album is moody,” states Damien firmly. “The
things are not improvised, everything is more in the
writing process, with a lot of details and orchestration.
Everything has to be prepared and organised, with a lot of
structure.”
“It’s gonna be out in the perfect time, I think,” muses Jojo.
“With the Watergate project, it’s perfect for June. The dOP
album is more an iPod project, the depressive music for the
winter. It’s perfect.”
Having worked with three different symphonic orchestras,
and giving themselves more space to engage their own
classical training, the album promises to be a far cry from
the usual house act putting out a collection of twelve
peak-time bangers. The city they take their lead from is a
place rarely associated with house music.
“The album is very dark, it’s from the Bristol school!”
Damien exclaims. “We have a common love, Clement, Jojo
and me, for all the groups of Bristol.”
With such admiration for a city fuelled almost exclusively
on Jamaican soundsystem culture, it had to be asked when
the boys would take on some kind of dub aspect to their
music. For that, look no further than their new side-
project, Aquarius Heaven, which debuts on the Watergate
mix. With a release already lined up for Eklo this summer,
the dOP boys are joined by a few friends for a more
heads-down sound.
“Aquarius is gonna be more dubby,” Damien explains.
“Psychedelic songs, heavy lyrics, heavy basslines.”
ANIMATED
And if you thought that would be enough for dOP to be
getting on with, think again.
“A lot of people send me tracks to sing on,” Jojo explains.
“I have a little project that I want to finish in two years,
taking the best producers that I know and doing fifteen
different tracks with fifteen different producers, so I’m
starting it now.”
To cap it all off, they get even more animated when asked
about bringing more live performance into their shows.
“The next thing we’re gonna do after the album is a French
acoustic band,” Damien reveals excitedly. “This one we’re
gonna play live with real instruments.”
However, with all this talk of dark albums and acoustic
projects, you’d be forgiven for thinking that dOP were
leaving their club days behind. Unsurprisingly though,
Damien is confident that the dancefloor side of dOP will
only grow with the rest of their myriad projects.
“For the club we’re gonna go more big room, and the real
club punk techno style will develop!”
THREE ACTS PUSHING THE
“LIVE” SOUND IN HOUSE
Wareika
This German trio play live with guitars
and keyboards. They quietly slipped onto
the radar with a deep, flowing sound that
has already materialised in two albums so
far this year, one on Tartelet and one on
Perlon.
Recommended listening:
‘Formation’ Tartelet
Feindrehstar
A fully-fledged seven-piece band,
Feindrehstar fuse the energy of a ska
horn section with p-funkiness and the
dynamics of house music. Their imminent
album on Musik Krause should pack in the
jazzy freak-outs and rock-solid grooves.
Recommended listening:
‘Dancetrack’ Sonar Kollektiv
Brandt Brauer Frick
Reining in pop sensibilities with an
almost classical approach to their tracks,
Brandt Brauer Frick are three very
talented multi-instrumentalists whose
winsome tunes get girls swooning with a
tinkle of the ivories or a tweak of the
Electribe.
Recommended listening:
Brandt Brauer Frick ‘Iron Man’ Tartelet
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Revered Spanish house jock Juan Diaz — who’s
mixed this month’s covermount CD — has really
made his mark in recent years as one of club
titan Pacha’s residents, in Ibiza and beyond...
Words: HELENE STOKES
Cherry-
PiCked To
PerfeCTion
W
hen Juan Diaz was invited to join Pacha’s booking agents, Pacha Futura, he
thought all his Christmases had come at once. He was then drafted in to become
a resident on the Pacha motherland in Ibiza, and his dream of a lifetime came
true.
Starting out on his DJ trajectory from the early age of 15, Juan would play weekend afternoon
sessions for the local teenagers at the club underneath the building of his family home in Cata-
lonia. “I passed by the club’s front door everyday, and I would be looking down and thinking ‘Oh
man, I wanna see what happens in there’.”
This soon led to his seven-year stint at the 5000-capacity Pacha Pineda near Barcelona, and
then in the mid-noughties he was plucked to play in Ibiza at the world famous cherry-tastic club
for Erick Morillo’s Subliminal Sessions. He’s since fown the fag for the Pacha brand across the
world, notching up air miles to Colombia, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Germany, Holland, South
Africa, Japan and beyond.
This summer Pacha glistens with the promise of another top, fun-flled season on the White Isle.
They’re tech’d up to the hilt with the launch of their VIP Guide App and bursting with juicy tunes
from their Pacha Recordings imprint from which Juan has mixed and blended together this
month’s covermount mix…
You just played Tall Trees in Yarm at the weekend, how was it?
“Yeah it was amazing, the club was full, there was some really good energy on the foor — wow, it
was very nice. I haven’t played in the UK for a couple of years. It was good to be back.”
How do the UK crowds compare to Spanish ones?
“The only thing I feel that’s different is that at 11 o’clock the club is full. People go out early in the
UK, while in Spain we have to wait until 3 o’clock before we go out. The thing is you start the party
early, that’s the only difference, really.”
How would you describe your sound?
“I play house music but I like all different styles. If I hear a big techno track that has good
grooves, I’ll get it for my set. If I hear an electro track that makes me feel good, that makes me
feel like dancing, I’ll get that for myself too.
“At the beginning of my DJ sets I start with deep house, vocal house and after that I mix some
techno tracks, electro, progressive house, it depends on the people that I have in front of me.”
How long do you normally play for?
“If I have a good feeling of the people and the soundsystem I can stay until the end. It’s not many
times that I do my two hours because it’s on my contract and I leave early to the hotel. When I
get a good feeling and good feedback from the people on the dancefoor, I can play for fve or six
hours. For my last set in Sao Paulo in Mokai club, I started there at 2.30am and my last track was
at 7.45am.
“In Ibiza in the winter sometimes I have to start at 12 and fnish at 7.30am but I feel good
because I like the atmosphere. The people, they understand what I play and the soundsystem is
amazing!”
What does Pacha have in store for the season?
“This year, Sunday night will be amazing with Luciano. They have moved Flower Power to
Tuesdays. Mondays we have the Swedish House Mafa, Wednesdays is Subliminal Sessions, my
favourite night, I was resident last year and this year will be the same, with Morillo, Harry ‘Choo
Choo’ Romero, Tom Novy, Mark Knight. I love this night with the energy. Then Thursday will be
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the same as last summer with Fuck Me I’m Famous with David Guetta and friends.
Friday is Pure Pacha with Sasha, Sander Kleinenberg, a lot of big names. Saturday is
Defected with Def Mix, David Morales, Bob Sinclar, Frankie Knuckles, Martin Solveig
and Simon Dunmore. I think this summer it’s going to be strong in Ibiza with Pacha’s
lineups.”
Tell us about your productions…
“I’ve been working really hard this year, since January I’ve fnished about 15 tracks
and remixes. I have new samples, plug-ins and my home studio is getting bigger so
that I can do big masters and mixes.”
What equipment do you have?
“I work with Logic Audio 9.2 and of course I work with Mac because the new version
of Logic can’t work with PC. I have a Yamaha 03 mixer and two Yamaha speakers with
subwoofers, to feel the phat bassline!
“Mostly I work by myself but sometimes I work with my partner Jorge Montia.”
How long have you been producing?
“I did my frst production in 2002, but at this time I didn’t understand how to work
anything so there was another guy with me. After that I did some more that way and
then I decided I wanted to be able to do it myself. I went to some teachers to help
me understand Logic, Moto etc.
“If I hear the frst record I did with my own hands, from then ‘til now I am moving up,
up, up. I’m understanding how to do everything, understanding you can put that
with that and so on. I think every day you can understand something new.”
What are you using when you DJ?
“I play just with CDs. I’m waiting for all the clubs of the world to buy the new Pioneer
2000, because it’s an amazing machine! Always I say about the change of vinyl to
CD is a good thing. I think it’s an advance. When I play with CDs I can do loops and
effects that you can’t do with vinyl.”
What’s happening with your Marfil Recordings label?
“It’s stopped at the moment, I’m waiting to change the brand and make new music
there. At the moment I’m working with Pacha Recordings, Bambossa Recordings
from the USA and sometimes Blanco Y Negro in Spain. But my option is always Pacha
Recordings, because they are good producers and the label has good tracks — I love
all the music that comes from there.”
What plans do you have for the summer?
“I will play Wednesdays at Pacha Ibiza once a month, doing the opening from 12-
2.30am.
“I’m also going to Brazil, doing a little tour of about fve or six dates. Brazil is amaz-
ing. The people feel the music, every time I’m there it’s fantastic and the food is
amazing!”
What productions do you have in the pipeline?
“Well, there’s my remix for Tuccillo, one of the other resident DJs and producers
from Pacha. I’ve just done a remix with Jorge Montia. And there’s a new remix with
DJ Java from Privilege for the old track ‘Overdrive’ by DJ Sandy vs Housetrap. We’ve
done a fantastic remix coming on BU! Records, a young Balearic label. I’ve also
done a remix for Harry ‘Choo Choo’ Romero for his new track called ‘Don’t Stop’, and
I’m just fnishing that now. The last to go out is another remix for DJ Onionz for his
legendary label Electrik Soul. It has an electronic, salsa, Cuban sound with some
really good beats. Wow, it’s great.”
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
“I only wanna thank you guys for thinking of Pacha and I’m so happy to do this. I
was so happy to be asked to mix this CD. Thank you.”
01. Tuccillo ‘My issues (Juan diaz & Jorge Montia remix)’
“My first project with my friend Tuccillo. My partner Jorge Montia and I have
remixed this fantastic track to open the groove in the clubs.”
02. dkS ‘Sing With A Swing’
“The follow-up to last year’s ‘That Jazz’ — a romp through the roaring '40s. A nice
track with a big sax on the break.”
03. Peter Brown ‘house Music rules (kC Taylor Main room
remix)’
“This is house music, pure and simple. Peter knows the way. A fantastic KC Taylor
remix, I’m giving this full support.”
04. inusa dawuda & Jack Moreno ‘Shake your Money (Graham
Sahara Mix)’
“This track reaches out and says, ‘Take me’. An infectious ragga vocal track with
ass-shaking demands.”
05. Juan diaz & Tanya dream ‘Spirit 2010’
“Big work from my friend Tiko, I’ve added a ‘Spirit’ acapella from my old track
exclusively for this session.”
06. Bob Marley ‘Sun is Shining (kC Taylor Main room remix)’
“A Pacha favourite, it’s rocked the dancefloors from Sri Lanka to Moscow. KC
Taylor does it again.”
07. Jordane evane ‘fucking (original no Stab remix)’
“This pumps and pushes in a good way, a perfect hard track for 5am.”
08. Goldfish ‘holdtight (Juan diaz & Coco Silco remix)’
“My friends from South Africa gave us the good parts to do a remix, with big sax
and synthesizers, and we had some good times doing it.”
09. Juan diaz & Tanya dream ‘The funk! (original Mix)’
“A vocal track with my friend Tanya Dream, she has a very good voice, and we
wrote the lyrics in two hours! Soooo quickly.”
10. dennis Volpe, Johnny Mendez & Juan diaz ‘She Says
(original Mix)’
“A good track for tech-house clubs, I have made with my friends from the
Netherlands. It will be out on Pacha Recordings in a few weeks.”
11. Benny Maze ‘Something you know (richard Grey for The
Man Pacha remix)’
“Perfect track to finish the compilation. I play it in my sets to finish the parties.
Richard Grey is one of my favourite producers.”
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Pacha resident
Juan Diaz
leads us
through the
selection
of tunes
he cherry-
picked for
this issue’s
covermount
CD…
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There’s a new generation of DJ/
producers taking the breakbeat
template and mutating it into
myriad fresh forms influenced
by electro, bass music, dubstep
and other mongrel beats.
DJmag meets the most
influential beatfreaks to
discover how they’re changing
the game forever…
Words: CARL LOBEN
BEAT
FREAK
MANIFESTO
I
n 2010, the genres in electronic music are mashing
together like the early days of rave. House, trance and
techno are still the dominant dancefloor genres, but
assorted non-4/4 styles have asserted their individuality
by forefronting bass, broken rhythms and sci-fi sonics.
Genres such as drum & bass, dubstep, global bass and (UK)
funky have their own self-contained scenes that sometimes
overlap, but what about breakbeat-fuelled sounds?
Breakbeat has always been a bastardised scene that borrows
from other styles, and what was once called nu skool breaks is
now a wide-open forum that takes in elements of bassline,
future garage, dubstep wobble, techno, fidget, electro and
house. In fact, there’s perhaps even a case for coining a new
term to encompass this broad umbrella in a post-breaks
universe… but that’s another story.
Many high-profile breaks DJs (Cut La Roc, Freestylers etc) now
drop dubstep, d&b or electro-house tracks in their sets in a
mash-up stylee that harks back to the bung-it-all-in big beat
days. No longer all about a drum pattern (boom-tish-boom-
boom-tish) or a regimented bpm count, breaks is as much
about an inclusive aesthetic these days where broken rhythms
combine with innovations in electro technology and bass
science.
The breaks scene itself has undergone a transformation in
recent times. Nu skool breaks pioneers Adam Freeland and
Tayo from the Friction days (see page 98) effectively left the
scene a few years ago to move into electro and dubstep
respectively, while more recently nu skool godfather Rennie
Pilgrem has been flirting with the slower-paced nu-funk.
While still associated with breaks, big guns the Plump DJs
(with their recent Global Underground comp) and Krafty Kuts
(with his re-rubs) have lately been experimenting with electro
in its various forms. The Stanton Warriors have created a large
Matter-ramming brand with their broad-based Stanton
Sessions, while other scene names have jumped ship into
electro-house (Hyper, Pete Jordan), nestled into (global) bass
music (Atomic Hooligan, Baobinga & ID) or bedded into
tech-funk with Meat Katie, Elite Force et al.
All this activity has effectively left a vacuum for a new
generation of DJ/producers to fill — a new church of
beatfreaks, if you like. DJmag meets some of Britain’s
brightest…
NAPT
New-gen poster boys Ashley Pope and Tomek Naden
describe their sound as N-Funk – chunky club
rhythms with subterranean bassline licks and diced
samples. NAPT cleaned up at this year’s Breakspoll
Awards, scooping Best Producers and Best Track,
while their label Funkatech walked off with the Best
Label gong. Look out for a big single with a big
grime artist over the next few months…
How do you describe your sound?
“A melting pot of electro, breaks and house finely
crafted into cutting-edge dancefloor steppers.”
Who plays your tunes?
“Anyone and everyone who likes to mash things up
including Miles Dyson, Zombie Nation, Plump DJs...”
What’ve been your best gigs so far?
“Some highlights include Empire Brisbane, Fabric
London, Mekka Miami and Glastonbury.”
Who would you most like to collaborate with?
“RuPaul is due a comeback... if that’s not on the
cards, then Prince.”
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HIGH RANKIN
Will Rankin makes dubstep-heavy bashy rave music “in a vain attempt to
get laid”. His ‘This Is Suicide Dub’ comp on his own same-name label
employs dastardly dub and freakbeat riddims, while his ‘Meow Meow’ track
— and accompanying T-shirts — earlier this year lampooned the
penis-shrivelling properties of now-illegal plant food Mephedrone, aka
miaow. In another dimension, he’d be a stand-up comic.
How do you describe your sound?
“Sexual with a hint of fear.”
Who plays your tunes?
“Hervé, Crookers, Skream, DJ Fresh, Busy P, Adam F and Scratch Perverts.”
What’ve been your best gigs so far?
“I heard a youth playing ‘Meow Meow’ out of his Nokia N95 at a bus stop.
That was better than headlining Global Gathering.”
Who would you most like to collaborate with?
“I would love to get Tom Waits on a tune. I am an enormous fan of his. My
next choice would probably be Taz and Beefy or the Kersal Massive.”
myspace.com/highrankin
PEO DE PITTE
London-based Swede Peo, who also makes house under
the name Haggstrom, has been thrilling with
experimental beats lattices these past couple of years.
Recent overhauls of the Drumattic Twins, Flore, Beat
Assassins, Loops Of Fury and Mr B have made him the
breakbeat remixer du jour of late, and he’s just done
collaborations with Matt Cantor from The Freestylers and
The Loose Cannons.
How do you describe your sound?
“Rare groove-oriented music in a blend of different
genres.”
Who plays your tunes?
“Fake Blood, Sinden, Loose Cannons, Crookers, Laidback
Luke, Tittsworth, Elite Force, Plump DJs, Afrojack, Kissy
Sell Out, Krafty Kuts and Foamo.”
What’ve been your best gigs so far?
“Last year I had some amazing gigs at The Egg, Ministry,
Global Gathering and Fabric here in the UK.”
Who would you most like to collaborate with?
“Liam Howlett. He knows his beats for sure.”
myspace.com/peohaggstrom
Jimmy Mofo, who used to run breaks ‘zine
Mofo, and Joe Lenzie — aka Wooz from d&b act
Sigma — are the Beat Assassins. A breaks act
who’ve broadened out recently, together they
make and play urban dancefloor bizness
encompassing electro, breaks, bassline house,
dubstep and drum & bass. Their Urban Electro
Project — with part four about to drop — has
featured vocalists such as Sweetie Irie and
Ragga Twins, and their ability to effortlessly flit
between booty breaks and dubstep or electro
and fidget shizzle is second-to-none.
How do you describe your sound?
“Electro productions on breakbeat drum
patterns, enhanced by urban vocals.”
Who plays your tunes?
“Stanton Warriors, Groove Armada, Deekline,
Utah Saints, Dub Pistols, Barack Obama and Dr
Dre.”

What’ve been your best gigs so far?
“Glade Festival 2009 was very memorable as
was winging a dubstep set at Metalheadz in
London. But the most memorable was
supporting Busta Rhymes in Miami to 30,000
crazed kids, then being invited back to Busta’s
mansion with some honeyz to spin beats on the
diamond-encrusted Technics.”

Who would you most like to collaborate with?
“Vocal-wise Ludacris or Wiley. Music-wise, Huey
Lewis & The News or T’Pau on an ’80s power
ballad.”
myspace.com/beatassassinsuk
BEAT ASSASSINS
GELLA
Signed to Jay Cunning’s Sub Slayers
imprint, Andy Gella – who used to be a
house and techno producer – has been
making fucked-up, choppy, rhythmic
breakage using his surname for four
years now. He dubs himself “an
OCD-inflicted studio hermit” and
ragga-heavy single ‘Twinkle’ with MC
Spyda on Sub Slayers was a DJmag
Money Shot release a few weeks back.
Another EP is coming soon, as well as
remixes of Flore & Rodney P and Ribs &
IG88 on Downbeat.
How do you describe your sound?
“Slow-braised 2-step seared in
aromatic ragga, served with a confit of
bass, sour jungle dressing and a gabba
techno side salad.”
Who plays your tunes?
“The last single on Sub Slayers got
support from the likes of Freq Nasty
right through to Laurent Garnier,
which I was properly stoked about. I
think it definitely helps up-and-coming
producers to have a broad range of
people buying their records, rather
than to stick rigidly to one scene.”
What’ve been your best gigs so far?
“Sunday afternoon at Glade festival
last year was awesome — my first
opportunity to play on a proper festival
sound system, an experience I hope to
be repeating in the near future.”
Who would you most like to
collaborate with?
“Reso, Bassnectar, Si Begg, Hellfish &
Producer. Fantasy Collaborations? Carl
Craig, Aphex Twin, Leftfield.”
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Gangster guys 2Bit Thugs are all about bass.
Big, warping elastic bass. They’re also about
crunk synths, hip-hop influences, four-deck
scratch sets and crazy quick mixing. And
wearing hoods. They’ve recently revamped
Audio Bullys, Dub Pistols, Dirty Freek, and
also — appropriately enough — ‘Gangsters’
by Rico Tubbs. Their dutty ‘Darsh’ and ‘Sex
Symbol’ tracks are out soon.
How do you describe your sound?
“Bass-heavy breakneck beats with a hip-hop
edge. Production-wise, right now we’re
pushing a real wobbly 2-step sound —
taking elements of future garage, dubstep
and breaks and adding our own trademark
twist.”
Who plays your tunes?
“We’ve had support across genres, from DJ
Yoda to Kissy Sell Out, Russ Cuban to Rico
Tubbs, from The Bulgarian to DJ Zinc .”
What’ve been your best gigs so far?
“Last year’s Glade festival was crazy,
Tignesfest in France was amazing and
Gangsteppaz in Poland was wicked too.”
Who would you most like to collaborate
with?
“Jack Beats and DJ Zinc because they
always hit the moneyshot with basslines. In
an ideal world we’d get a studio session with
N.E.R.D, Marlena Shaw and QBert.”
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PYRAMID
PYRAMID are Scott, aka Breakspoll host and MC Ken
Mac, and Nicky D’Silva, aka Inchy from tear-out titans
Ctrl-Z. Their new project has yielded blistering results
so far: big bastard beats, big bastard bass and kick-ass
vibes to nice up the floors. They’ve been collaborating
with the Stereo MCs and The Freestylers, while their
revamp of Ellie Goulding’s ‘Starry Eyed’ has been big in
the game. “It’s all about having fun and pulling bass
faces,” they tell DJmag, smirking broadly.

How do you describe your sound?
“We like it heavy with the bass and rolling with the
drums. We are writing from 128bpm up to 140bpm,
whatever the vibe is in the studio that day — although
we are very happy in the 140bpm jungle-drum-break-
dubsteppy vibe that we are pushing at the mo.”

Who plays your tunes?
“We’re getting good support from a lot of great DJs.”

What’ve been your best gigs so far?
“Glasto, Glade, Fabric, Matter and the festivals and big
club nights abroad but we still buzz when the night has
been slammin’ at the small independent nights, too.”

Who would you most like to collaborate with?
“There are just too many, we are music junkies.”
myspace.com/pyramidbreaks
BEN & LEX
West country beatfreaks Ben Ervine & Alex
Shellard cut their teeth on fellow Devon-based
label Functional before setting up their own
Ape Music. They say they’re all about “big bad
bass-heavy rave music,” and they too have
broadened out from breaks of late to take in
dubstep, ravey electro and breaky warehouse
bizzle. With a score of original releases and
recent acclaimed remixes of Afghan Headspin,
the Dub Pistols and The Wrongstars, these
guys have really upped their game.

How do you describe your sound?
“Like our DJ sets, we like our tunes and remixes
to cross the borders and tempos of all things
bass-heavy, from wonky electro-y house
through breaks and into dubstep and back.”

Who plays your tunes?
“Everyone from Freq Nasty to Krafty Kuts,
Rennie Pilgrem, Annie Nightingale, Cut La Roc
and Jay Cunning.”

What’ve been your best gigs so far?
“Last year’s headlining set on the Thursday
night unofficial rave-up at Glade was freakin’
amazing.”

Who would you most like to collaborate with?
“Probably Freq Nasty — dude’s a legend. Either
that or Elite Force or the Aquasky/Black Noise
boys.”
myspace.com/benandlex
601
Nat Slater and George Miller from
Harrogate in North Yorkshire are 601,
and they’ve been producing together
since the mid-90s and have been mates
since childhood. Their ‘Dirty North’
album was nominated in the Best Album
category at Breakspoll in February, while
they folded their own Polar Red label last
year to concentrate on gigs and
productions — they’re now signed to Cut
La Roc’s Rocstar imprint and DJ agency.
Recent remixes for Pop N Lock, Sound Of
Habib, Re:Connect, Unstable and Si
Begg’s Noodles has seen their stock rise
further, and they’ve just finished a track
called ‘Go This Way (Lalala)’ with vocals
from the mighty MC Chickaboo.

How do you describe your sound?
“Big, bashy, bass-heavy beats, dripping
in influences from other genres , coming
from slightly leftfield.”

Who plays your tunes?
“Jay Cunning, Cut La Roc, Annie
Nightingale, Lady Waks, Si Begg, Laurent
Garnier, Afghan Headspin, Rektchordz.”
What’ve been your best gigs so far?
“Playing live at Glade last year was an
ambition fulfilled. Supporting
The Stanton Warriors at a packed-out
Sugarbeat was one of the craziest DJ sets
we’ve done.”

Who would you most like to collaborate
with?
“A lot of the bass music guys have really
been influencing us recently, so
Baobinga & ID or Ramadanman. George
is an unashamed metal fan so he dreams
of working with Emperor!”
myspace.com/601music
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Deep house master Phonique is
back with a seductive summer
smooch of an album, ‘Kissing
Strangers’ — a beguiling love
letter to his adoptive home of
Berlin…
Words: Jim butler
Pics: AlexAnder GnadiGer
SEALED
WITH A
KISS
F
or better or for worse, but mostly for the
better, Michael Vater has spent the best
part of his 37 years on this planet in
nightclubs — certainly the best part of his
adult life anyway. The stories he could tell
are manifold. After all, he’s been a successful promoter,
and under the moniker Phonique, DJ and producer in
Berlin, arguably the club capital of the world, for a
decade and a half.
However, despite all those late nights and even earlier
mornings, there’s one encounter that he’ll never be able
to forget. It happened when Vater was a tender
18-year-old and just taking his frst tentative steps into
clubland’s nefarious subterranean heartland. There he
was, all eager, impressionable neophyte, sort of minding
his own business when his attention was caught by a
girl, perhaps similar of age, who was stood a short
distance away eating ‘candy’, as Vater has it. Listening
back to the tale now, nearly 20 years on, the candy-
eating temptress sounds like a seductive Lolita-type. But
to an 18-year-old it was a jaw-dropping performance.
“The girl soon realised I was watching her,” Vater recalls
today, taking up the story. “And she soon gestured over
to me to see if I was interested in eating some candy
too. Of course I was interested, so I went over, had some
candy, and then we kissed. I enjoyed it. And then I never
saw her again.”
Disregarding the juvenile predilection to think
euphemistically of ‘eating candy’, the event has stayed
with Vater all these years for a couple of reasons. Firstly,
because it was obviously intense and heady as only
teenage experiences can be; secondly, because that
brief romantic encounter can be applied to music, too.
“Sometimes, you only hear a track once and it just
makes sense,” he explains. “You never hear it again, but
for that one moment it is perfect.” Hence the title of
Vater’s third album under his Phonique alias, ‘Kissing
Strangers’. “It’s not just about kissing a person,” he
clarifes, “but it refers to kissing music, too.”
RENOWNED
Kissing music is something Phonique has become
renowned for. Although not a household name in the
UK, he’s long been a favourite of unabashed house
heads, having recorded for the likes of Poker Flat, Brique
Rouge, Dessous and our very own Crosstown Rebels. His
2004 release, ‘The Red Dress’, was one of the hits of that
year, while his 80s-inspired Technotronic track from the
same year, ‘Where’s The Party At?’, was a light-hearted
homage to the simple joys of a good party.
This serious and daft dichotomy has endured through
Phonique’s recording career, as exemplifed by his frst
two albums, 2004’s ‘Identifcation’ and ‘Good Idea’,
which followed in 2007. His musical styles are similarly
eclectic, as befts a true musical connoisseur, but
whether he’s drifting off into jazzy-inspired lounge
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recordings, getting frantic with hip-house, applying some
vintage synths to soulful strings or adding some dark
stylings to brooding techno, it’s all underpinned by his
love for house music.

Some folk will label it deep house. And yes, there’s traces
of all the deep house auteurs from Ray Mang and Faze
Action to Miguel Migs and Larry Heard on ‘Kissing
Strangers’, and in 2008, Phonique also picked up two
gongs (Beatport’s Best Deep House Artist and Ibiza’s Best
Deep House DJ) testifying to his prowess for all things
bottomless and broad, but it’s really just house music in all
its glorious varying shades. Consequently, ‘Kissing
Strangers’ incorporates crooner house (‘Endless Love’
featuring the unmistakeable vocals of Louie Austen),
blissful soulful house (‘Amy’s Heart’, which then gets a
more dynamic reprise as ‘Amy’s House’ later on) and
light-hearted house (‘Feel What You Want’, the second
track on the album, after ‘One Step’, to feature the sweet
honeyed vocals of Rebecca).
But for all its versatility, ‘Kissing Strangers’ is undoubtedly
an album for the summer months. Its release, therefore, is
perfectly timed. Phonique concurs.
“Absolutely. The moods the album evokes are completely
tied in with summer. The track ‘Summer’ puts me in mind of
Sunday afternoons at the Panorama Bar or Bar 25. ‘The
Passion 2010’ (a re-worked version of Phonique & Kiloo’s
classic from 2008) has already worked in that environment.
I saw it in Brazil.
“When I make an album, I want it to refect the warmer,
more positive sides of the musical experience. I like that
sense of freedom, which is why this album is different,
stylistically, to ‘Good Idea’. I like to try new things. It’s
deliberate.”

As is, it would appear, the noticeable upping of pitch and
tempo as the album progresses. It works much like one of
Phonique’s distinctive DJ sets. Taking in the beatifc moods
that frame ‘Kissing Strangers’, the album also appears to
be a love letter to Phonique’s adopted home. Although his
name is synonymous with Berlin’s famed nightlife, Vater
only moved to Germany’s capital in 1995 and not for
reasons readily associated with partying. Although there
were chemicals involved.
“I moved here,” he explains, “because I wanted to fnish
my studies. I was studying chemistry.”
SWEPT UP
Having helped to put on parties in Cologne, he soon found
himself swept up in Berlin’s grand post-1989 reinvention.
From promoting parties it was a natural progression to
start soundtracking them. Over a decade later, he’s still
amazed by Berlin’s ability to constantly amaze and enthral.
“I still go out at least three times a week, because there are
so many great DJs and clubs about. It’s not about hardcore
partying and getting fucked up, it’s more about listening
to new music and meeting people. It’s not a problem in
Berlin to take in three clubs a night, I know in London that
is more of an adventure. For me, Berlin is the perfect place
to be. It keeps me updated, and while that is not the main
reason I go out, it’s good to experience it.”
As for the current health of house music, Phonique believes
it to be in fne fettle — and let’s face it, he should be a
reliable gauge.
“There was a time not so long ago when things weren’t so
good,” he says. “It was either super mainstream or super
underground. Now we have both. Producers can be
underground and successful and I think that’s because
there are so many people out there who like good music,
regardless of genre.”

And to that end, Michael Vater has recently found himself
dipping his inquisitive toes into the often-impenetrable
world of that high cultural watermark — classical music.
Inspired by Carl Craig’s 2008 Recomposed album — where
the Detroit legend, alongside Basic Channel’s Moritz Van
Oswald, interpreted music by Maurice Ravel and Modest
Mussorgsky — his ventures into classical have led to him
DJing at Berlin’s itinerant hipster Yellow Lounge night.
“I played the likes of Rachmaninoff and Beethoven,” he
explains. “I wasn’t mixing as such, more trying to capture
the feeling of that music. I really enjoyed it.”
However, if you think Phonique is going to be hanging up
his house boots anytime soon, think again.
“I’m always thinking about house music,” he concludes.
“I’ll often be driving in the car listening to the radio when I
start to think of a different melody to the song I’m
hearing. ‘Afrique’ on the new album is one such track. That
was inspired by Toto’s ‘Africa’. If you listen carefully you can
hear it.”
From kissing strangers to kissing music, it would appear
Phonique is obsessed.

“I still go out at least
three times a week...
It’s not about
hardcore partying
and getting fucked
up, it’s more about
listening to new
music and meeting
people.” Phonique
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If you think Caribou
is a massive North-
American mountain
moose, then think
again. The name
Caribou refers to
Canadian-born Dan
Snaith: multi-
instrumentalist,
maths PhD, all-
round nice guy and
brains behind
‘Swim’, his latest
album, out now on
City Slang — a
psychedelic, rave-
euphoric electronic
opus that sees him
return to his dance
music roots…
Words: Bianca Mitchell
YOU GOT ME
FLOATING!
T
here’s nothing not to like about this
down-to-earth musical genius and when you
consider he came up with many of his
musical ideas whilst writing a maths PhD,
it’s even more astounding to think he
devised the kind of sound that instantly stands out in the
ever-morphing prism of dance music.
If you’re looking for a stimulating new direction for your
musical curiosities, this is precisely what you’ll fnd when
you press the play button on ‘Swim’. It truly exists in its
own world of style and originality and migrates from the
psychedelic sounds of his 1960s-infused ‘Andorra’,
released in 2007.
It’s even better when you learn that Dan Snaith feels much
the same sense of satisfaction with his most dance-based
offering to date.
When producing the record, his most important goal was
to create dance music that sounded fuid or liquid. And
that’s precisely what he’s achieved. Each track offers a
unique sense of washing around from ear-to-ear, sliding in
pitch, muffed underwater effects and lots of panning
synth, giving effortless liquid movement as well as a
completely unique sound.
“As a big music fan, I’ve been guilty in the past of hearing
my favourite music and thinking ‘wow, I love the way that
record sounds – I have to incorporate some of that in the
music I’m making,’ whereas this time I really consciously
wanted my own fngerprint so that it’s hard for people to
say ‘Hey, that comes from there,’ because everything is my
own combination of ideas.”
As well as wanting an original electronic soundscape, Dan
is very much into the juxtaposition of emotions.
“My favourite music is stuff that emotionally contradicts
itself,” he suggests. There are various melancholy themes
in the album — the opening ‘Odessa’ is about the divorce
of one of Dan’s close friends, but the music is celebratory
and distinctly uplifting. “I like the way dance music can do
that — be all about escape and hedonism, but have really
melancholy lyrics.”
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London club culture
Dan was born in Ontario, Canada but has resided in London
for the past 10 years. In spite of his roots, ‘Swim’ is heavily
inspired by infuences and elements of his London
surroundings.
According to Dan, he’d always worked in an insular way,
avoiding local trends and what was happening at a
particular time. But the latest album refects the growing
frequency of his live DJ performances and his love of
London club culture.
“Theo Parrish was doing a residency at Plastic People
— the frst time I went there, the music he played was all
his own and his records got me totally reinvigorated about
dance music. It was such an exciting thing and really
kicked off my desire to make this record.”
Furthermore, Dan has been impressed and inspired by the
vast emergence of young producers infltrating dance
music everywhere at the moment.
“I love James Blake, Ikonika — all this wave of dubstep
stuff that’s happened recently which is far more
idiosyncratic and interesting than a few years ago when
everything was very formulaic,” he froths. “I like lots of UK
funky stuff, too.”
Back in 2008, Dan won the Canadian Polaris Music Prize
(the equivalent of our UK Mercury Music Prize) for his lush
LP ‘Andorra’. When asked if reaching such critical acclaim
affected ‘Swim’, he maintains it had little or no bearing on
the record itself.
“Being given a prize is a surreal thing. I work so much by
myself that I don’t think about my music as part of a prize
or even from a community of Canadian music for example,”
he says. “It was really nice and really affrming, but if
anything it made me more confdent not to worry about
following certain rules which is really great, as I’ve set up a
lot of changing expectations from one album to the next.”
Which is probably why he spends all of his spare time
making music. “It never gets boring. If anything, I get
more excited about making music now than when I frst
started.”
Throughout the production of ‘Swim’ he made around 700
half-fnished tracks, going for weeks and weeks without
being happy with anything.
“It can be frustrating but at the same time I never think
that I’m sick of this, it just spurs me on even more to make
something better.”
Subpoena
Dan hasn’t always been known as Caribou. He released his
frst two albums under the name Manitoba, before being
threatened with a lawsuit by punk band The Dictators’
frontman Richard “Handsome Dick” Manitoba for having
the same name. Still to this day, Dan can’t believe the
events that unfolded.
“Even after all this time, I’ve had no direct contact with
him. He hired a private investigator to subpoena me at one
of my gigs in LA — it was like a movie or something —
completely out of the blue and totally surreal. I was like,
‘What is happening here? Who is this guy?’ I had no idea
who he was and then it was a really frustrating process of
realising there was nothing I could do. I couldn’t even
afford to go to court in the States,” he remembers. “It was
prohibitively expensive even to hire a lawyer to fght the
case and in the end, I realised I was going to change
names and get on with it.”
Luckily, Dan looks back on the whole bizarre charade as a
blessing in disguise.
“Everything has turned out totally fne. I was so worried
though, I didn’t know what was going to happen, whether
it was going to be the end of me,” he says. “If anything it
was invigorating because lots of people got in touch to say
‘We don’t care what you call yourself’, and what an actual
dick this guy is, so if anything, it spurred me on to be more
determined.”
It’s set to be an eventful summer for Dan and the Caribou
band who are continuously touring their live show at the
likes of Sonar, Field Day and even a set at Heaven in the
middle of June. If you haven’t experienced their live
performance already then now is the time.
“If this record had been made a few years ago, I really
wouldn’t have had a clue how to play it live,” admits Dan.
But technology has seemingly caught up with his
expectations and desires for the Caribou live experience.
Team this with the distinctive blissful vibes of ‘Swim’ and
you have yourself an absolute summer must-see.
“I like the way dance
music can be all
about escape and
hedonism, but have
really melancholy
lyrics.” CARIBOU
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YUILL TIDES
T
he Prins Thomas re-edit of his
2009-released smasheroonie ‘This Sweet
Love’ might well have rocked Ibiza to its
Mediterranean submerged core last
summer but the very last place you’ll ever fnd
London-based producer James Yuill is atop a podium
at Space.
“Just look at me,” he grins, glancing down at his
no-name windcheater, chunky dad cords and brown
Cornish pasty shoes. “Do I look like I’d ever feel
comfortable on top of a podium?”
Yuill has never been to Ibiza; despite having
executed a staggering 105 gigs in 16 countries last
year alone doing his “housed up” live show to
promote his debut album ‘Turning Down Water For
Air’.
Less than a year on from the release of this album
— a longplayer that got bigged up by everyone from
The Chemical Brothers to A-Trak, Phoenix and Radio
1’s Zane Lowe — and he’s back with the follow-up,
‘Movement In A Storm’.
This new album masterfully marries folktastic lyrics
and acoustic guitar with cleverly syncopated,
dynamic beats and deft electronic flourishes. ‘First
In Line’ is an uplifting vocal house tune with
Royksopp-style melodies. And ‘My Fears’ starts with
a deliciously haunting vocal and melody before
descending into glitchy, heavy electronica
underpinned with an Underworld-ish riff.
The album took him six months to make, an intense
process that involved James spending hours locked
up in his bedroom in Dalston, London, using his
laptop (complete with Protools and Ableton), his
acoustic guitar, an mbox as a pre amp, a Kaos pad
and some e-drums.
To call James a geek would be mean; except it’s what
he calls himself, eyes glinting behind his thick-
rimmed, Librarian-style specs as he explains how he
goes about putting a song together.
“It generally starts with a melody,” he says.
“Normally I tend to play a chord, then sing vocals on
top, then add the rest from there.”
LIFE-CHANGING
At university James studied forensic science and
planned a career in forensic acoustics — the intricate
process of cleaning up sounds gathered on secret
recording devices used in covert police operations
— until he found himself unable to fnd a job and
made the life-changing decision to try and make a
career in music.
When he landed an album deal with Moshi Moshi in
2008, his life-long love affair with music seemed
fnally to be coming to fruition.
“I’ve been writing songs since I was 10,” he says. “I
remember fnding the backing track to a
Bananarama song and then singing over the top of
that and recording it.”
There was an album that came before James was
signed to Moshi Moshi. His 2005-penned ‘Vanilla
Disc’ he describes as “a bit more Radiohead-ish, a bit
more Beatles-esque.
“When you do your frst-ever album it’s made up of
all the songs you’ve built up over your whole life,” he
says. “The songs on ‘Vanilla Disc’ had an electronic
twinge, and I put the album out myself via CD Baby.
It used to be for sale on iTunes but I’ve taken it down
because it doesn’t feel like me anymore.”
James Yuill isn’t your average music-maker. He’s
been dubbed the ‘Prince of folktronica’ (after ‘King’
James Yuill’s new album combines mellifluous
acoustics with electronic wizardry.
DJmag finds out more…
Words: CLAIRE HUGHES
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Four Tet) but the music he makes doesn’t strictly ft into that
format. When he plays live, he is a total one-man-band,
simultaneously manipulating his voice, an acoustic guitar, his
laptop, his e-drums and some of the other bits of kit he used to
record his album.
“I’ve developed the live show for this new album a lot,” grins
Yuill, sipping his preferred tipple of Rooibos tea. “I’ve basically
maintained the acoustic elements but made it more electronic.
And that electronic vibe is even more developed for the live
show.”
But while he’d like to make the kind of music that emulates
production heroes such as Underworld, Yuill admits he’s still a
sucker for a good, proper song.
“I do love power ballads,” he laughs. “Take That’s ‘Rule The
World’ is one of the best songs ever written. I think Gary Barlow
is a genius. But I also love Tears For Fears’ ‘Woman In Chains’.”
HAUNTING
Yuill’s tastes are as varied as his musical aspirations. He picked
up a guitar aged 12 because he wanted to play like his hero Kurt
Cobain. From there, as a teenager, he got into heavy rock bands
such as Korn and it wasn’t until he went to university in
Cambridge that he discovered his penchant for the
introspective, haunting, guitar-led laments of Nick Drake.
“Listening to his music changed the way I write songs,” says
James. “Just the way he de-tuned his guitar. Stuff like that. I
drew quite a lot of comparisons to him because he studied in
Cambridge when he was 19. He was quite shy and introverted
and I remember listening to ‘River Man’, a song he wrote when
he frst moved to Cambridge as a teenager, and that really
hooked me in.”
Later on, after leaving university and moving to London, James
started getting into electronic music such as the weird sonics of
a lot of output from Warp records and music from bands such as
4Hero and the more “obvious” dance outfts such as Massive
Attack.
“I never got into the whole DJ thing,” says James. “For me
electronic music has always been about listening to the actual
music and working out and appreciating how it’s been put
together. That’s what really made me want to start making it
myself.”
James says he might start DJing one day; maybe once the
mammoth bout of touring he has in place for his new album is
over.
“First I need to learn to beat mix though,” he laughs.
“I still think that if you don’t start with the basics and learn the
art of beat mixing then you’re not really a DJ at all.”
1. National Forest
‘A.M. Lights’
album: ‘One milliOn’.
Released: 2006
”This guy’s from Manchester
and was signed to my
manager’s old label Faith &
Hope. On this track National
Forest teams up with Jacob
Fletcher (folk singer). I love
this track as it’s got a real
Mercury Rev quality to it.”

2.Clue To Kalo
‘Seconds When It’s Minutes’
album: ‘One Way, it’s eveRy Way’.
Released: 2005
”Fantastic album from
Australian Mark Mitchell,
released on Mush Records. The
production is brilliant! He uses
lots of organic sounds instead
of electronic sounds, which
helps to create his own unique
sound.”
3.edIT
‘Ashtray’
album: ‘CRying OveR PROs FOR nO
ReasOn’.
Released: 2004
”This was released a while ago
on μ-Ziq’s Planet-Mu imprint.
The album is a combination of
subtle melodies and Aphex
Twin-style programming.
edIT is now a member of a
group called The Glitch Mob.”

4.Fridge
’Cutup Piano And Xylophone’
album: ‘HaPPiness’.
Released: 2001
”Their genre is described as
post rock, but this album
‘Happiness’ is pretty much what
we know as Four Tet now. It
sounds like waves upon the
shore. A beautiful song.”


5.Cornelius
‘Drop’
album: ‘POint’.
Released: 2001
”This is Japanese musician
Cornelius’ fourth album and
it’s the ideal mixture of
acoustic and electronic. It’s
quite experimental, but the
harmonies make this album
one of my all-time favourites.”
James picks his top fve acoustic/electronic crossover numbers…
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Conquering
America,
producing MIA,
joining Mad
Decent... things are
kicking right off for
Rusko — the
rowdiest soundboy
in dubstep…
Words: Joe Madden
FROM
OMG
TO
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A
sk Rusko if he ever imagined dubstep
would grow into the world-
conquering force that it has, and, just
briefly, his cheery-rave-kid
demeanour drops and he comes over
all far-away and awestruck.
“No way. Never. I thought it might maybe get to a
certain level in the UK, but never that it’d become as
big as it is right now. I mean, dubstep can be very
aggressive, it can be very experimental — it’s not the
sort of music you’d think would ever be as popular as
piano-and-cheesy-vocal house. It’s pretty ‘intrusive’
music, y’ know? And yet... here we are!”
Like dubstep itself, Rusko has enjoyed a breathlessly
swift and steep rise. It’s just four years since the
release of his first twelve, but he’s already graduated
into dance music’s big leagues. Things might well
have turned out different, however, had he stuck
with his teenage dreams of reggae stardom.
“It was the local reggae scene in Leeds that first got
me into dubstep,” he remembers. “There’s a huge
sound-system scene up north, what with people like
Iration Steppas. I was producing digi-dub, which is
the modern UK dub-reggae sound. Then I heard
dubstep and I was like, ‘Hey, this is the same thing!’
I mean, there are Iration Steppas records from the
early ’90s that sound just like dubstep tracks. So I
switched.
“I moved down to London in 2006, just as my first
release — ‘SNES Dub’ — was coming out on Dub
Police. I was living a couple of streets away from
Caspa, so we started DJing and producing together,
began working harder and harder, and it basically all
went off from there.”
High impact
Rusko’s come a long way, both figuratively and
literally, since then: he’s relocated to sunny LA, and
been inducted into the peerlessly cool Mad Decent
crew — his brand of gleefully gonzoid tuneage
dovetails perfectly with theirs.
“Obviously, Switch and Diplo are the main men at
Mad Decent, and I’ve been friends with Switch for a
long time. We worked together a lot when we were in
London, and we recently collaborated again on the
A-Team movie soundtrack. And the type of dubstep I
play, it’s perfect for the crowds that Mad Decent
events draw. I play for the party kids, the raver kids
— because that’s me. My music’s not deep or
anything; it’s hype party music for jumping up and
down to. It’s punk rock.”
Rusko’s high-impact, crowd-pleasing sound has
earned him the ire of many a blog-spotting,
chin-stroking Hyperdub fanboy. Gracious under fire,
he maintains that dubstep is a church broad enough
for all. “There’s always going to be a split amongst
listeners, in any genre. In dubstep, you’ve got the
40-year-old guy who comes home and smokes a joint
to a Kode 9 album, and you’ve got the 19-year-old
who double-drops a couple of pills and goes out
raving to Rusko. It’s not like there’s any beef or hate
there, it’s just personal taste. I think it’s a really cool
thing that dubstep has developed so much, and in so
many directions, and now has so many fans, that you
can have that split. I think it’s healthy, more than
anything.”
Rusko’s debut album — entitled ‘OMG!’ and featuring
his squished face billowing fag-smoke on the cover
— may not result in him cracking that lucrative
40-year-old-stoner market, but you can bet that the
pill-scoffing 19-year-olds are going to lap it up in
droves. A potent distillation of everything that’s fun,
loopy and dangerous about raving, it’s ‘The Prodigy
Experience’ for the dance kids of 2010.
“A couple of the tracks have been around in DJ sets
for a year or so,” says Rusko, “but a lot of them I’ve
purposely held back for when the album comes out,
to make them more special. But I’m one of those
terrible people who’ll change and change stuff until
the last possible second; literally until the tracks are
being taken away for mastering. The album was
basically finished a year ago, but with a completely
different tracklisting!
“I made sure that every track was tested on real, live
ravers,” he continues. “I can’t really make music
unless I’m DJing. I like to make tracks Monday to
Wednesday, test them out Thursday to Saturday.”
And he’s rigorously immersive in his research.
“Yeah, I’m a proper raver kid, y’ know? You can’t DJ
to people on drugs unless you’ve taken a lot of
drugs. It’s true! Some DJs have never taken a pill in
their life, but you’ve got to be in it to win it.”
Feverishly anticipated
If ‘OMG!’ is about to cement Rusko’s position in the
worldwide underground, he’ll soon be invading the
overground with his next project: the feverishly
anticipated third album from MIA, of which Rusko is
the executive producer.
“There’s a track by Blaqstarr,” he says, “and a couple
of tracks I did with Switch, but yeah, the rest of the
album I produced myself, and then me and MIA
mixed it together in Hawaii.”
So what can we expect from this slightly unlikely
pairing? “We just went overboard — it’s super
experimental. Some of it has me playing crazy
distorted guitar, then there are tracks that sound
like love songs, with full piano and MIA singing like
an angel. There’s the sound of waterfalls on one
track, the sound of MIA’s baby’s heartbeat, the
sound of ice cracking in glasses…
“The basic idea was to freak people out and surprise
them, to make the album as not-what-you’d-expect
as possible. When you put an MIA album into your CD
player, you want to hear shit you never heard before.
That’s why people love her.”
Rusko will be joining MIA on her world tour later in
the year, but until then, he’s enjoying his position as
dubstep’s unofficial ambassador to the US. “It’s
really cool to be able to be the first person to play
a dubstep show in a certain area,” he brims. “I
played the first-ever dubstep show in Tennessee,
the first-ever in Nashville… It’s great.”
Not that the ambassador’s role doesn’t involve
the odd stressful moment. “I’ve done a lot of
American interviews for the album,” he winces,
“and the first question is usually, ‘Rusko, please
explain to all of America what dubstep is.’ It’s
such a hard question! Put-on-the-spot or what
[laughs]? But it’s all good, because I really want
the sound to spread. I’m out here trying to help
dubstep blow up to even crazier levels!”

Rusko’s album ‘OMG!’ is released 7th June on
Mad Decent
RUSKO’S
FINEST MOMENTS
01. Rusko
‘Cockney Thug’
This early anthem is a still-brilliant mash-up of rolling
wobble-bass, reggae horns and good old-fashioned
swearing (“Fack!”).
02. Various
‘fabriclive37’
Co-hosted with Caspa, this 2007 mix acted as an
introduction to dubstep for many, and helped to
define the fledgling jump-up sound.
03. Little Boots
‘Remedy (Rusko’s Big Trainers Remix)’
Proving that Rusko could do melodic as well as
mental, this 2009 relick married filthy squelch to
ethereal whoosh.
04. Rusko
‘Da Cali Anthem’
This 2Pac-sampling synthsplosion is the first dubstep
track to gain a foothold on US radio, having been
play-listed by major hip-hop station Power 106.

05. Rusko feat Crookers
‘Oy’
One of the high points of ‘OMG!’, this collabo with
Italian hip-housers Crookers is gleefully synthetic,
arcade-machine funk.
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Loud and proud
We Fear Silence take over Saturday night programming at South London’s Cable venue
WHAT a difference a year makes, eh? It wasn’t all that long ago when DJs, clubbers and
London clubland at large were lamenting the lost glories and gaping holes left by the
quick-fire departures of venues like The Cross, The Key, The End and Turnmills.
Right now, though, London is on fire when it comes to quality clubbing with under-
ground hotboxes, Dalston disco dens and warehouse shindigs all rocking to the best
names in the business week in, week out. And the capital’s ongoing nocturnal resur-
gence has got a further shot in the arm with the news that the We Fear Silence crew
— the brainchild of former End programming team Ajay Jayaram and Ryan Ashmore —
have completely taken over the Saturday night program at Bermondsey venue Cable.
Long seen as the perfect mid-sized venue to fill the gap left by The End amongst
discerning London clubbing heads (including Ryan and Ajay themselves), Cable’s
800-capacity archway space will now play host to a diverse roster of quality, cross-genre
parties each and every week.
Just the start of what’s to come from the We Fear Silence crew, the promotions already
signed up include Paul Arnold’s ever-innovative Chew The Fat!, the deeper d&b alliance
of Fabio & LTJ Bukem’s Swerve and Creative Source, Ben Watt’s Buzzin’ Fly and Goldie’s
Metalheadz, all of which extend their ties with the We Fear Silence crew.
In terms of new signings, taste-making electro label Modular and grime/bass music dons
Dirty Canvas are teaming up with Ninja Tune’s sub-label Big Dada to bring Jammer, Toddla
T, Redlight and Mumdance on Saturday 3rd July, while compilation kings Balance will host
the Agoria album launch on Saturday 17th July with the French techno king himself.
“We cut our teeth programming a really diverse spread of music at a club that was open to
everything and anything so that’s always going to be the angle we come at things from,”
explains We Fear Silence co-founder Ajay Jayaram. “For us it’s always been about good
music. It’s about people that are pushing the envelope and doing good things… regard-
less of genre.”
“We’ve worked all hours since moving operations to Cable to ensure we deliver on abso-
lutely every level,” says Ryan Ashmore. “New lighting rigs have been installed, the already
excellent sound system has been reconfigured and now sounds even more insane. For us
Cable fills a middle ground, that intimate vibe people are crying out for — not just punters
but promoters.”
Large enough to feel like you’re having a big club experience but small enough to mean
you won’t lose your friends,” adds Ajay.
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FOR THE PAST TWO YEARS Dub-boro has provided a
series of sick, bass-heavy events to fill the lonely void
that is the Loughborough music scene. From their
humble beginnings in the function room above a pub to
hosting parties of over 1000 people, each event is held
in secret locations announced on the same day and
entrance is on advance ticket-only basis. This Thursday
June 17th sees Dub-boro’s 10th and final party at
Loughborough’s student epicentre with their biggest
line-up to date including Zinc, Jack Beats, Martelo,
Joker, Plastician, Jakwob, dBridge, Instra:Mental,
Ramadanman and Transit Mafia. Big tings a’gwan,
clearly. dub-boro.blogspot.com
IF YOU LIKE CONCEPTUAL LIVE SHOWS in awesome venues
then lo and behold! Head down to matter on Wednesday 9th
June to catch incredible sound architect Matthew Herbert and
his Big Band project. Fresh from the recording of ‘One Club’,
the second installment of his One Trilogy, Matt and his Big
Band take to the stage to perform an abstract collection of
sounds taken from various club environments celebrating the
temporal idea of a load of randomers coming together each
week to get mashed. The band will be joined by Eska who is
fronting the Goldsmiths Vocal Ensemble and returns after the
massive success of their collaboration at the Barbican last
year. The event starts at 7pm and tickets are £18.50 advance
and £25 on the door. matterlondon.com
SVEN VÄTH and his legendary Cocoon collective return, this
time to the beautiful Leeds countryside for the second of
their open-air Cocoon In The Park festivals on Saturday 10th
June. Alongside Sven, you can expect all the big names
including Ricardo Villalobos, Loco Dice and Adam Shelton.
In traditional Cocoon style, the show also features dancers,
a full lighting display, pyrotechnics and live VJing along with
many other extras on top of last year’s event all taking place
on 600 acres of Leeds’ 16th Century Temple Newsam estate.
And to top it all off, Audio-Plus are providing a custom-built
PA as part of their Funktion One setup. All because they can.
facebook.com/cocoonInThePark
ROCKING IT most Saturday nights at Plug, Sheffield’s Shuffle
seem to have upped the ante with their May programme.
Beginning on Saturday 1st May with recent DJmag coverstar
Eric Prydz, the rest of the month sees breaks badboys the
Stanton Warriors touch down on Saturday 8th May, Ovum
Records boss and all-round legend Josh Wink arrive on
Saturday 15th May, before Diplo’s Mad Decent bass feast on
29th May. Part of the Mad Decent tour that is doing the rounds
right now, Diplo will be joined by rowdy dubstepper Rusko,
bass music eccentric Mumdance and NYC’s slick-haired bass
music superstar Drop The Lime. FFI the-plug.com
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Mr Scruff
PARK LIFE
Potentially the start of a shining new era for the venue, We Fear Silence’s Cable
revolution will kick off a double-header weekend from Friday 4th July when
FACT magazine will champion a killer line-up of future bass, post-dubstep
and alt-techno, while Modular bring German deep disco-loving don Tensnake
(live), The Swiss (live) and a DJ set from Norwegian electro-pop honey Annie.
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unday night. Just reading
those two words is usually
enough to send shudders of
post-weekend blues chilling
down your spine. The calendar’s weekly
reminder that we’re all slave to the same
nine to five drudgery as just about every
other fucker on the planet, Sunday night
is essentially a big fat full-stop on all the
weekend’s clubbing-related hedonism —
you played yesterday, now pay tomorrow.
Or at least it was until Mr Cormac, Peter
Pixzel and Jacob Husley ripped up the
rave timetable and stepped out into
London’s club scene with their Wet
Yourself parties back in March 2007.
“The thing was we could see that there
was a real scene with so many strong
elements going on in London,” explains
Mr Cormac. “But there didn’t seem to be a
party on Sunday might that borrowed
from all those elements — at least not on
a musical level. All the other good Sunday
parties focused on either the dressing up,
or the silliness or the fashion-kind of
thing… we really loved all of those but we
felt there was a gap for one that was really
strongly led by music.”
First taking up residence at East London’s
Aquarium, it didn’t take Wet Yourself long
to make a name as a musically clued
hotspot with bookings like Miss Kittin, Rex
The Dog, Mr Oizo, Martinez, The Hacker,
Oxia and Italoboyz. Within well under a
year, Wet Yourself was firmly established
as the definitive Sunday session for
anyone in London looking for a
work-dodging hit of underground electro
or tastemaking techno.
So much so that it didn’t take long before
London’s temple of cutting-edge
underground sound came knocking on
Wet Yourself’s door for a Sunday
residency.
“Fabric actually first asked us to move a
year before we did as we were happy
where we were, being independent and
doing our own thing,” explains Cormac.
“But we kept in contact and a year later
when they asked us, it just felt right.
Everyone there is really passionate about
what they do and it’s been a real
challenge to create something different in
that club — it’s been a great move.”
Launching at the Farringdon megaclub
last February, Wet Yourself’s dusk-til-
WET YOURSELF
LONDON
WHERE?
Weekly Sunday nights at Fabric.
SOUND?
Eurocentric techno, deep house and
electro.
Sun 6th Jun: Wet Yourself @
Fabric, London
Marc Houle, Peter Pixzel, Jacob Husley
and Cormac
Sun 13th Jun: Wet Yourself @
Fabric, London
Peter Pixzel, Jacob Husley and Cormac
Sun 20th Jun: Wet Yourself @
Fabric, London
Saytek (live), Louis Guilhem and more
tbc
Sun 27th Jun: Wet Yourself @
Fabric, London
Cristiano Pixeldot, Antony Di Francesco
and more tbc
DATES
dawn Sunday sessions have been reliably
packed out with art students, stop-outs,
bar workers, techno hedonists,
fashionistas and just about anyone else
who doesn’t have to get up on Monday —
“although we do get our fair share of
people who just go straight to work for
eight after staying up till six,” jokes Peter
— including, on one occasion, Jacob’s
60-year-old Dad who was busting out
some moves to his son’s set to celebrate
his birthday.
With a roll-call that counts Phil Kieran,
M-nus don Gaiser, Rui Da Silva, Marcel
Dettman and Sasha Funke amongst its
high grade bookings and a dedicated
weekly crowd, Wet Yourself are now
extending their music aims through their
own label, as well as constant tours across
Europe.
“We’re just starting to get our schedule
together,” explains Jacob. “We’re
planning on having a full release every
month, with music from ourselves and
artists like Alex Under, Alex Kid and Pig &
Dan all contributing to the label.”
“We’re holding a boat party at Sonar with
Miss Kittin, Martinez and a special guest
for 200 people,” adds Cormac. “Then we’ve
got a gig in Berlin on 3rd July and are
hosting a tent alongside Trailertrash at
Lovebox festival which we’re really excited
about.”
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●Seven mates who met on
Newcastle’s clubbing scene, Jaunt
was born out of a boredom with the
same-old, same-old and desire to
focus on underground up and coming
bookings. Since
beginning at the
intimate Red
Rooms in
November 2007,
Jaunt’s rollcall
includes Solomun,
Milton Jackson,
Anil Chawla,
Motor City Drum
Ensemble, Damian Schwartz and PBR
Streetgang.

●With a pretty minimal (as in
‘non-existent’ rather than the music
policy) after-hours scene in
Newcastle, the Jaunt boys have taken
matters into their own hands. Or
their own kitchen, to be specific,
making it the location of many
impromptu DJ sets from the likes of
Sascha Dive and Chris Tietjen.
●Jaunt’s most recent
renegade parties have
been their clandestine,
industrial unit parties
with secretsundaze’s Giles
Smith playing the first and
Hot Natured’s Lee Foss the
second. On both
occasions, buses picked
the Jaunt rave massive up
from the city centre, drove
them to the out-of-town unit with
the gates locked upon entry and
staying closed right till the end.

●If you want to sample the
soundtrack of Jaunt’s renegade
techno and underground house
sessions without making it all the
way to Newcastle then subscribe to
their regular podcast through iTunes
or jaunt.podomatic.com. Past
contributors include Dorian Pac,
Burnski and Kruse & Nürnberg, as
well as residents like Richard Rowell
and Blackhall and Bookless.
●As well as their annual Ibiza
escapades and more unit parties, the
Jaunt boys will also be bringing Circo
Loco to Newcastle towards the
tail-end of the summer. They’re also
making moves to take over East
London so watch this space.
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“E
dinburgh’s club scene
doesn’t suffer from the
fierce competitiveness as
many other major
cities,” believes Sarah David, promotions
manager of Edinburgh venue Cabaret
Voltaire. “There’s a limited number of
underground venues now, so promoters
and venues will speak to each other on an
honest level and it’s a far tighter
community in the clubbing scene. It’s all
about greater communication. A lot of
the dog-eat-dog attitude has stopped
and we’ve joined forces to help the
underground scene thrive.”
Dedicated to alternative music seven
nights a week, Cabaret Voltaire oozes
underground charm and consistently
brings the big boys to its intimate
basement dwelling with nights like
bi-monthly banging techno session
KOMPAKT, jackin’ Chicago housin’ party
TELEFUNKEN, KARNIVAL and Edniburgh’s
longest running Friday night TOKYOBLU,
a forum for disco, deeper techno and all
forms of house, populating the club’s
calendar.
On the last Friday of the month, rave
legends Utah Saints mash down party
sounds from bass, electro, d&b and more
at their SUGARBEAT CLUB residency which
has hosted the likes of Krafty Kuts,
Justice and Felix Da Housecat over the
years.
Then there’s Gareth Sommerville’s deep
house bastion ULTRAGROOVE which takes
place on fortnightly Saturdays and has
welcomed names like Ben Watt, Milton
Jackson, Todd Terje, Claude VonStroke,
Jimpster, Jesse Rose and Switch. Another
long-running local legend is MUSIKA who
also host regular nights at Cabaret
Voltaire (Joris Voorn played in March), as
well as other venues across town.
Like just about every other corner of the
country, dubstep and its associated bass
mutations has blown huge ruptures here
with the sporadic INNUENDUB bringing
names like Bar 9 and Emalkay to ‘the Cab’
in recent months. But perhaps dubstep’s
biggest proponent here is VOLUME.
Recently celebrating their third birthday
at the Bongo Club with El-b and Planet
Mu’s Neil Landstrumm, they’ve given
Edinburgh debuts to Skream, Benga and
Caspa. They also hold a bi-monthly
residency at the intimate Sneaky Pete’s
venue, the next of which takes place on
Saturday 5th June from 11pm to 3am.
Entry is free all night too. Blap!
The Bongo Club itself is another solid
forum for underground beats. On
monthly second Saturdays, BIG ‘N’ BASHY
live up to their name with a rambunctious
sub-smashing assault of jungle, reggae
and dubstep, while the monthly XPLICIT
parties streamlines the bass filth to drum
& bass purism — Klute touches down on
Friday 1st June. Swapping grime for
glam, the regular CONFUSION IS SEX
parties are all about trash disco, sleazy
electro, out-there live performers and
extrovert art.
Another small venue that should be on
your radar if you’re heading to Edinburgh
is The Caves. Quarterly house/techno/
minimal night KAPITAL have had the likes
of Ellen Allien, Anja Schneider, Nathan
Fake, Pier Bucci, Alex Smoke and James
Holden to play. Monthly night DEPARTURE
LOUNGE covers global music, soulful
sounds and broken beats with past guests
including Benji B, Zero dB, Jazzttronik
and Patrick Forge. Sourcing a more
mechanistic and raucous breed of
breakbeat funk, AZ-TECH deliver names
like Far Too Loud, Defcon1, Baobinga and
I.D, although you might need to wait till
autumn for your next fix from them as
they bow out for their annual summer
break with Flat Out’s Peo De Pitte on
Friday 28th May.
Finally, we can’t finish up without tipping
a mention to weekly indie electro session
THIS IS MUSIC which brings a mixture of
achingly cool live electro acts and eclectic
DJ talents (Totally Enormous Extinct
Dinosaurs have played in the past) to
Sneaky Pete’s every single Friday night. It
runs from 11pm till 3am and is just £3 ins.
confusionissex.com
departurelounge.me.uk
thecabaretvoltaire.com
ultragroove.co.uk
myspace.com/az_tech_breaks
myspace.com/bignbashydub
myspace.com/kapitalclub
myspace.com/thisismusicedinburgh
WEBSITES
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Glaswegian counterpart, but it boasts a raft of killer underground parties
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GETTING THERE
If you’re travelling from London
then by far the most sensible and
cost-effective way of getting up there is by
plane with return flights from London Gatwick
available from as low as £42 from easyJet. If
you feel an irrational need to slum it then
National Express coaches run from London,
and most major cities, for as low as £10 if you
book in advance.
easyjet.com thetrainline.com
nationalexpress.com
WHERE TO STAY
The latest luxury hotel in the
capital is Hotel Missoni (1 George
IV Bridge), a warm, ultra-modern and slick
hotel experience that’ll set you back around
£570 a night for a double room. On the other
hand, Edinburgh’s Royal Mile is plentiful with
budget hotels and hostels, with beds available
from as little as £10 a night at places like the
cosy Royal Mile Backpackers (105 High
Street).
hotelmissoni.com royalmilebackpackers.com
PRE-PARTIES
Near Edinburgh’s train station and
the hottest new watering hole in
the city centre, 99 Hanover Street is a swish
bohemian oasis of fine beverages and quality
grub. On weekend nights expect a raucous
party-starting atmosphere and a soundtrack
of hip-hop, soul and a smidge of house.
showmefun.co.uk
INFO
GARETH
SOMMERVILLE
Ultragroove residents top 10
SOUNDS
CITY SOUNDS:
House,dubstep,techno,
bassmusic,breaksand
drum&bass
KEY DJS:
GarethSommerville,Derek
Martin,JohnTokyoblu&
Termite
ESSENTIAL PARTIES:
Ultragroove,SugarbeatClub,
Muzika,ThisIsMusic&
Volume
01. TRACEYTHORN
‘WhyDoesTheWind’ Buzzin’ Fly
“TraceyThorn+MorganGeist =dancefloor perfection.”
02. BENDEAN
‘StandardModel’ Baker Street
“Thechoicecut fromagreat EP.”
03. MATTHIASHEILBRONN&JOESKI
‘LAMUSIKA’ PataDePerro
“AfroCubanhousewithhot percussionandanacid
twist.”
04. SPIELTAPE
‘I Deal’ ArtizanMusic
“Linear tech-housethat’s perfect for thoseheaddown
moments.”
05. BINGJILING
‘SunshineLove’ Monk
“RayMang’s beatendubis acert for clubplaywhen
thesungoes down.”
06. TEVOHOWARD
‘Crystal Republic’ HHYRRecords
“Oldschool soundingacidassault formtheever
consistent TevoHoward.”
07. KINK
‘Rachel’ Ovum
“Kink’s takeontheclassic Chicagosoundthat really
pays off whenthestrings drop.”
08. TRUTHISLIGHT
‘WhereHeLeadsMe’ TruthIsLight
“Gospel that evenRichardDawkins wouldfindhardto
resist.”
09. FLOATINGPOINTS
‘Shark’sChase’ Eglo
“Off kilter, bass-heavyandbrooding. Not for thefaint
hearted.”
10. CLAROINTELECTO
‘BackInTheDay’ ModernLove
“Astraight upclubbanger that kills it everytime.”
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“W
hen we started
putting ‘Nu Skool
Break Beat and
Future Electro’ on
our fliers it wasn’t meant as a genre
name,” recalls Tayo, one third of the
three-headed Friction DJ unit alongside
TCR’s Rennie Pilgrem and Adam Freeland.
“It was more just a way of differentiating
our sound from the big beat stuff and to
show that we were pushing things in a
more futuristic direction — a bit of a press
angle for hype.”
Christened the home of ‘nu skool breaks’
by the dance music world at large, Bar
Rumba’s Fricton wasn’t the first, or only,
place to push a deeper, cybernetic
breakbeat antidote to big beat’s cartoony
lager-spilling riot— in fact, Paul Arnold
had booked all three of the Friction three
for his early Chew The Fat! parties, while
Rennie had been running his Mashed
sessions of alternative electro and breaks
in Central London since 1995 — but it fast
snowballed into a buzz-centred
phenomenon that placed it as the central
touchpoint for this nascent scene.
So nascent, in fact, that there weren’t
even enough ‘nu skool breaks’ records to
fill the night at first when they set it up
with promoter Ian Williams.
“You could almost count the people
making the sound with your hands,”
remembers Rennie Pilgrem. “There were
the US people like DJ Icey and Uberzone, I
had been running my TCR label and there
were pockets of other people thinking on
similar lines, but really we were stitching
different things together before it had
fully-formed.”
In that way, Friction started as a blank
creative canvas; an instinctive testing
ground for a brand new funk.
A hip-hop kid who got sucked into drum &
bass and wasn’t turned on by house, Tayo
would be dropping slowed down deebee
bangers like DJ Red’s gnarly bass
boomerang ‘Enter Da Dragon’ on 33rpm
alongside the Florida electro-breaks
sound of DJ Icey et al and the choicest,
pre-cartoony cuts from Skint Records.
Rennie was an old skool rave legend (as
Rhythm Section with Ellis Dee), whose TCR
label had stuck with the raw funk power of
a house-tempo breakbeat when ‘arkdore
had a silly-fast tempo tantrum, while
Adam Freeland was the buzz name of the
moment thanks to his ground-breaking
‘Coastal Breaks’ mix.
Together, they formed a pretty unbeatable
resident trio and, along with a shrewd
booking policy, Friction fast represented
the cream of a rapidly snowballing breaks
scene — think Finger Lickin’ Records, Fuel
Records’s Tipper, Botchit & Scarper’s Blim,
Danny McMillan and Freq Nasty. A far cry
from the tainted word breakbeat has since
become, Friction’s sound was synonymous
with totally futuristic machine funk that
cut loose from so much of the era’s staid,
fluffy house and came delivered with
widescreen Y3k production values.
“We were only hyping it up as the centre of
this new movement to get people to come
but in the end it became a sort of
self-fulfilling prophecy,” laughs Tayo.
“Sasha would come down to check it out,
drum & bass heads like Fabio, Roni Size
and DJ Die would get down to see what
was going on and we’d even have people
like Andrew Weatherall, Tom Middleton,
Leftfield’s Paul Daley and Carl Cox playing
proper breakbeat sets. I think Hybrid used
to say in interviews that their first album
was part-inspired by coming to Friction —
they’d drive up from Wales and then get
straight back in the studio. It really felt like
the centre of something special.”
How did you get into it all?
“I started designing club flyers and
working with various promoters in
Belfast when I was at art college. When I
set up my own graphic design
consultancy in 2005, Mynt were one of
my first clients. At first, I just designed
various promotional flyers for the club,
then in 2006 Lawrence Bannon, the club
owner, asked me if I’d help him to start a
new polysexual club night... Yello was
born.”
What was the original inspiration
behind Yello?
“We wanted to throw a weekly party that
would attract a mixed gay and straight,
open-minded crowd but with a future
facing music policy. Before Yello existed
Belfast’s club scene was quite
segregated in terms of gay and straight
clubs so we’ve tried to change that.”
Most memorable moment as a
promoter?
“Making into DJmag’s Top 100 clubs this
year was a real thrill. We were one of
only four clubs on the island of Ireland
to make the poll and we ranked higher
than any other Belfast club.”
What’s the hardest thing about
running a weekly promotion?
“Packing out a club every week is the
biggest challenge every promoter in the
country faces right now. The key has
been to keep our line-ups fresh.
Encompassing house, techno, electro
and disco, we vary our music style from
week to week with guests like Will Saul,
Ben Watt, Mark Knight and Dubfire.”
What’s next for Yello?
“We have also just added two prolific
Belfast DJs to our residents roster —The
Jet Project, aka Timmy Stewart and John
McIver. Joining our existing residents
Scope, Dibby Dougherty, John Craig and
Aaron Shim, Timmy and John will hold
an exclusive monthly residency at Yello.”
DRIVING FORCES
AARON EAKIN
YELLO (MYNT CLUB, BELFAST)
TIMELESS MOMENT:
A queue right down to Piccadilly
Circus and total delirium indoors
when Carl Cox played an
exclusive breakbeat set for
Friction — dropping Outlander’s
rave-stabbing Belgian techno
beast ‘The Vamp’ and then
going back-to-back on four
decks with Adam Freeland.
DEFINITIVE TRACKS:
* Tsunami One ‘Number 43 With
Steamed Rice’
* Semi Detached ‘Who Da Fuck’
* Blim ‘Chronologic’
FRICTION
Bar Rumba
1996 - 1999
DJS: Tayo, Adam Freeland
and Rennie Pilgrem

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hidden gem that remains an
unknown entity to many, the
small Mediterranean island of
Malta lets out a clarion call to
clubbers with Malta Music Week. A six-day
programme that begins on 26th June,
Malta Music Week will host two of the
biggest dance music events the island has
ever seen with the Ministry Of Sound
festival and the annual Creamfields Malta.
The MTV-sponsored closing concert Isle Of
MTV will close the week on Wednesday
30th June at the dramatic Il’Fosos Square
in Floriana. Camp disco revivalists The
Scissor Sisters and r&b megastar Kelis
headline with more acts promised.
“There was some controversy over winter
because there were certain media reports
saying Malta is the next Ibiza,” explains
Nicholas Spiteri from Clubbers Events who
put on the Ministry Of Sound festival,
clearly referring to The Independent’s
infamous article ‘Move Over Grandma,
Malta Is For Clubbers’.
“It definitely isn’t, but the scene is
definitely growing. We had Prodigy over
recently, we have Faithless coming over
this summer. All the big DJs from Sasha
and Digweed to Sven Väth have now
played. Between us and Creamfields just
about everyone has been covered.”
Malta’s Ministry Of Sound festival is the
first to make its mark on Malta Music Week
on Saturday 26th June — housed in
Malta’s largest and longest running
open-air club Gianpula.
Perhaps sign of the island’s more
mainstream tastes, the open-air main
arena will be headlined by electro-pop
crossover sensation Calvin Harris and
Toolroom Records’ tech-house titan Mark
Knight. But there’s plenty room for more
underground names too. Bedrock’s Guy J,
the man behind last summer’s melodic
techno anthem ‘Lamur’, headlines the
progressive arena alongside German
production veteran Johannes Heil, while a
third arena will be filled with the deep,
lush house sounds of Frenchman Okain
who has had releases on labels like Tsuba,
Ellen Allien’s Bpitch Control and Paul
Ritch’s Quartz Music. In the fourth arena,
the hugely hyped live trance act Dash
Berlin continue the world tour for their
‘The New Daylight’ LP.
Taking place on Monday 28th June
between 6pm and 4am, Creamfields forms
the second rave of the week at the Ta’ Qali
National Park and three adjoining areas at
the island’s other open-air clubbing haunt
— Numero Uno.
Represented across the bill are the classic
uncompromising techno of Dave Clarke,
the deep tech vibes of Eric Prydz, Ferry
Corsten’s big room trance sound and
Dubfire’s minimal missives. Nic Fanciulli,
Wonderland’s Pete Tong and David
Squillace complete the line-up.
While admitting the authorities still aren’t
the most accommodating, Gerry Debono,
part of the Fresh Events crew who promote
Creamfields, also believes a corner has
been turned for the Maltese market.
“In the past three or four years things have
really been growing,” explains Gerry.
“In the beginning it used to be a struggle
to convince top acts to come to Malta, but
now people realise that there’s a really
strong scene here. It’s very locals-based so
there’s a really strong community and
clubbers are really up for it — it’s like the
North of England in that sense.”
“We have 8,000 people coming to the
event which actually makes up 2% of the
population — it shows just how much
demand there is for these events,” he
adds.
“For those who come from overseas, you
can have those two or three full-on
parties, but then you can chill out properly
and discover the island for the rest of your
week. There are lots of really beautiful
beaches, a huge amount of history and
places to see, an amazing diving scene and
drink will only cost you a few euros.”
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creammalta.com / clubbersevent.com
On the radar
Malta Music Week puts the sun-baked Mediterranean island on
the global clubbing map
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PERHAPS the most European-like
place in South America, Buenos
Aires boasts a club scene that is as
buzzing as any city on the
continent — aided by the vigorous
party spirit of the locals. Nowhere
is more legendary than Pacha BA
(Avenida Rafael Obligado y Pampa)
and its long-running event
Clubland, which is an institution of
world clubbing. Always a much
more full-on affair than the Pacha
name would indicate, with Hernan
Cattaneo as principal orchestrator,
this temple has seen them all from
Derrick Carter to M.A.N.D.Y. to the
Chemical Brothers but it is the
progressive sound and Global
Underground bandwagon that
have produced the most famous
sessions. The likes of Sasha,
Digweed, Nick Warren, Anthony
Pappa and Dave Seaman are now
part of dance music folklore here.
In contrast to Pacha’s size and
renown, the tiny Cocoliche (878
Rivadavia) is the underground don
in town, offering forward-thinking
house and techno sounds across a
multi-level venue. The calibre of
guests tell you everything you
need to know about how serious
this place is about its music; read
Marcel Dettmann, Robert Hood,
Seth Troxler and Ben Klock in the
past 12 months alone.
With a capacity of over 2000,
Crobar (Marcelino Freyre) is
anything but the little brother of
the famous clubs with the same
name in Chicago, New York and
Miami. In fact, since opening in
2005, it has become ‘the’ place to
play for the big international
artists, thanks in no small part to a
crisp sound-system and slick
production capabilities. In the past
year Sven Väth, Luciano,
Tiefschwarz, Juan Maclean and
Layo & Bushwacka! have all
starred.
Located in Palermo — the heart of
Buenos Aires’ nightlife — since
1998, Niceto (5510 Niceto Vega)
has earned its stripes to be ranked
amongst the most respected clubs
in all South America. The two room
club has had guests from across the
dance spectrum, as diverse as
Goldie, Zombie Nation and the
Wighnomy Brothers down the
years. A staging post for anyone
who thinks they can cut it as a
musician in Argentina and an
evergreen and interesting program
of events.
Away from the main action, there is
a plethora of good music to be
found in smaller parties and
venues, the best of which are
Bahrein (345 Lavalle) for trance,
techno and drum & bass and
Levitar Ambient Bar (1715 Godoy
Cruz), a small bar regularly
featuring the best young and local
house or techno DJs.
GREGO O’ HALLORAN
PASSPORT CONTROL
Argentina’s sprawling capital — Buenos Aires —
is rife with quality electronic music
AS YOU MAY HAVE HEARD, David Guetta is a
pretty big deal right now. As are Carl Cox, Sven
Väth, Armand Van Helden, Digitalism, Luciano,
Boys Noize, Carl Craig… and you can catch all of
them at the massive fuck-off Austrian festival
that is Urban Art Forms, which tales place
between Thursday 3rd June and Sunday 6th
June in the forested Wiesen area of Austria. The
canvas-covered dance arenas mean that no
matter what the weather, the show must - and
will continuously - go on. And that’s no word of
a lie. The music rolls for almost 24 hours each
day and the urban art theme extends to visual
displays, light shows and mind-blowing effects
for a complete AV art experience. It’s also a d&b
lovers dream thanks to the Dogs On Acid Stage
which hosts Roni Size & Dynamite, Friction,
dBridge & Instra:mental, Logistics, DJ Fresh
and Ed Rush & Optical. uaf-festival.at
URBAN ART FORMS
BROOKLYN YARD in New York is where the
outdoor chill-down is at this summer thanks to
the Sunday Best afternoon parties. Beginning
on 30th May and running through to 5th
September, each week brings a different flavour
with Dam Funk, Ashley Beedle, Michael Mayer,
Floating Points, Linkwood, Todd Edwards,
Optimo and Prosumer all among the guests. The
idea is to showcase a broad range of honest,
authentic talent and create a relaxed
atmosphere where like-minded folk can come
together to unwind, hear some quality tunes
and still go to work the next day. The event is
brought to you by resident DJs Doug Singer,
Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin bringing you
the best al fresco jams under glowing vintage
fairy lights. Sip cocktails, munch on Mexican
food and dance it all off again while listening to
your favourite DJs. Sounds good. It runs from
3pm to 9pm each Sunday. sundaybestnyc.com
SUNDAY SESSIONS
Roni Size
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1. TOGETHER
The Coronet, New Kent Rd, London, SE1
Friday 25th June
CLOSING Together’s 16-date, almost entirely sold out season at The Coronet is tonight’s bass-heavy throwdown
— curated by South London’s Deadly Rhythm crew. Taking the same forward-looking, genre-smashing ethic that has
propelled their Plan B parties to the forefront of the capital’s clubbing cutting-edge, the Deadly Rhythm crew have
recruited LA’s synth-funk revivalist Dam Funk, beatific Glaswegian beatsmith Hudson Mohawke, Bristolian wonky
producer Joker, recent DJmag coverstar Redlight, Hyperdub’s Kode 9, Rustie, dubstep godfather Hatcha and MJ Cole
to join the dots between bass badness new and old. In the third room, classic two-step and old school garage
revivalists Days Like That are in control with Dem 2, Noodles (Groove Chronicles) and DEA Project’s Para headlining.
10pm - 6am £10 adv together-club.co.uk
If you only go out once this month, make sure it’s to one of these...
2. I AM DIXON
Sound Control, New Wakefield St,
Manchester, M1
Friday 25th June
LIKE all the best things in life, the
premise behind ‘I Am’ is pretty simple.
One DJ, one venue, all night long. And
there’s not many better placed to man up
and man the decks for a night’s entire
intoxicating duration than Steffen
Berkhann, or Innervisions boss Dixon as
you probably best know him. Well-
schooled tastes, impeccable skills, an
encyclopaedic knowledge of all things
house and over 15-years of experience in
preaching that love to the deep house
masses, Dixon is sure to take you on a
journey tonight.
10pm - 4am £14 adv iam-dj.com
3. JUST JACK PRESENTS

REBEL RAVE
Motion, Avon St, St Phillips, Bristol, BS2
Friday 4th June
STEP aside old timers, tonight’s Just Jack is all about
tomorrow’s techno shape shifters. Jamie Jones, of course,
should need no introduction following last year’s ground-
breaking ‘Don’t You Remember The Future’ LP and its unavoidably
massive single ‘Summertime’. Jones forms one half of Hot
Natured with the second of tonight’s headliners Lee Foss, while
the third Deniz Kurtel will be instantly recognisable for providing
one of the many highlights on Seth Troxler’s recent ‘Boogybytes’
compilation through his hypnotic remix of Rosina’s ‘Fables &
Fairytales’. Tom Rio, Pinch, October and Dan Wild also play.
10pm - 6am £10 justjack.org
4. TECTONIC
FABRIC, CHARTERHOUSE ST, LONDON, EC2A
Friday 11th June
PINCH’S Tectonic take over the main room tonight,
which means dubby electronica of the highest order
with Pinch, Skream, Kuedo (Jamie Vex’d’s new
alter-ego), Youngsta, Kryptic Minds and Pursuit
Grooves (live). In the second room, Zero T host the
album launch for their ‘fabriclive 52’ comp with Wookie
(exclusive UK garage set), Fracture & Neptune, Ed Rush
and Alix Perez, while the mighty Autonomic crew of
dBridge and Instra:mental continue their trailblazing
fabric residency with Bullion and Flight in support. One
for the heads, and also one of Fabric’s deeper Friday
night sessions all-round.
10pm - 6am £14/£11/£6 after 3am
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Ministry of Sound, Gaunt Street, London, SE1
Saturday 26th June
JORIS Voorn presents the first in what Ministry and the
London clubbing community at large will be hoping
becomes a very long-running series at the legendary
superclub. Blurring the boundaries between house and
techno, Voorn is consistently lauded as one of the most
cutting-edge artists in the scene and will tonight be joined
by Dutch tech-house titan 2000 And One and French tech
don Deetron in the booming Box. The all killer no filler
approach continues into 103 (formerly the bar) where Will
Saul and Motor City Drum Ensemble will be holding court.
11pm - 7am £15 adv ministryofsound.com
6. SUPACELL
Undertone Basement, Church St, Cardiff, CF10
Saturday 5th June
DON’T sleep on this one. Techno innovator Joey
Beltram is journeying over to Cardiff to thunder this
tiny, 150-capacity basement of a ravebox with his
rampaging grooves. Yep, just 150-capacity. So that’s a
rare-as-rocking-horse-shit chance to catch the New
York legend behind such classics as the definitive
demonic acid groove ‘Energy Flash’ and the original
hoover-tastic rave anthem ‘Mentasm’ — quite possibly
two of our favourite techno tracks, like, ever — and
more recent missives on Adam Beyer’s Drumcode and
Marco Bailey’s MB Elektronics in a totally intimate,
fiercely underground environment.
10pm - 4am £12 adv supacell@hotmail.com
7. DIRTYBIRD
5TH ANNIVERSARY
Audio, Marine Parade, Brighton, BN2
Friday 25th June
THE weird, wonky and wonderful sounds of
Claude Von Stroke’s Dirtybird label land on
Brighton’s Audio tonight. The big bird
Claude (left) himself won’t be featuring,
but his label co-founder, the man behind
such classics as ‘The Sad Piano and ‘Ghetto
Train’ and all-round badman when it comes
to tough, melodic and totally innovative
house shapes (that’s Justin Martin if you
haven’t worked it out), will be headlining
which is good enough for us. Also on the
bill is J Phlip who has been dropping some
serious bombs on Dirtybird of late,
including the absolutely rude and aptly
titled ‘Dropping Bombz On Yer Momz’.
11pm - 4am £5 b4 midnight
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8. WIGFLEX
Stealth, Masonic Place, Nottingham, NG1
Friday 4th June
SHEEEET YO! Talk about nailing a line-up, the Wigflex bwoys have come up with an excruciatingly
on-point and diverse selection of future beat dreamers for tonight’s Stealth skank-out. Croydon’s Joy
Orbison, voodoo rhythm sorcerer Shackleton and boogie-step master Floating Points would surely be
reason enough to secure our attendance. Whack in James Blake, the ubiquitously innovative Mount
Kimbie, Deadboy, wonky figurehead Alex Nut and Martin Kemp and you’re really cooking on gas.
10pm - 6am £8 adv stealthattack.co.uk
9. CODE
Club 69, Sneddon St, Paisley, PA3
Saturday 19th June
IT ain’t easy when you’re the only top quality techno night toughing it out in your hometown,
which is why props are definitely going out to the Code crew in the Scottish town of Paisley. Pulling
out the stops to bring the biggest guests to their humble, intimate home of Club 69, they’ve
tonight recruited one man who is arguably the UK’s most consistently cutting-edge techno
ambassador — Surgeon. Fresh from mixing down a genre-splicing ‘fabric’ compilation, Surgeon
will be dealing in the most intense, experimental and gritty techno sounds.
11pm - 3am £10 adv twitter.com/codeglasgow
10. DJ-KICKS PARTY
Village Underground, Holywell Lane, London, EC2A
Friday 11th June
TO support the release of his recent ‘DJ-Kicks’ compilation,
Border Community’s tousle-haired eccentric James Holden
will be curating his own special night at the intimate Village
Underground — home of the recent hush-hush
secretsundaze launch. Joining Holden will be Border
Community’s acid house obsessive Avus and one Kieran
Hebden aka Four Tet, who has become something of a
staple stalwart of the BC parties ever since he made the
AKA bar at Border Community’s End (RIP) parties his own.
10pm - 5am £13 adv magicandmedicine.com
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rom the huge inflatable
footballs suspended in the
airport to the cranes Wild
Waters glinting on the
skyline; DJmag’s first
impressions of Johannesburg are very
much of a city scrubbing itself up before
the influx of visitors for the World Cup.
South Africa might have a reputation as
one of the world’s more crime-ridden
countries, but at the waterpark-housed
H20 party the biggest danger is getting
your shoes soaked. A brief unseasonable
but torrential downpour has turned
much of the site into something
between Glastonbury and Ibiza, with a
sea of gym-ripped bodies dancing in the
muddy puddles beneath the palm trees
and cheering enthusiastically every time
a plane flies over on its descent to the
airport.
Running for ten years, H20 has
established itself as South Africa’s
biggest daytime party, one of the few
events to have stayed afloat in the South
African dance scene’s choppy waters. As
promoter Dave Forbes explains, sheer
distance means that it’s sometimes
difficult to get the big name
international DJs over, a situation South
Africa’s economic turmoil, with many of
the moneyed classes who can actually
afford to go clubbing leaving the
country, hasn’t helped. As a result, the
vast majority of the bill is comprised of
South African DJs like Roger Goode and
Ricardo Da Costa who are huge names
here if practically unknown anywhere
else, with a smattering of international
DJs H20 have invited over as part of this
year’s ‘Beyond Borders’ concept.
One of whom is London hip-hop DJ
Yasmin Shahmir. The number of South
African names might make the bill pretty
opaque to outsiders, but the country’s
musical preferences are easier to see,
given that the main stage is dedicated
to progressive house, with another three
arenas for funky house, deep house and
fidget house. Indeed, the only outpost
for anything other than four-to-the-
floor is the hip-hop stage Yasmin will be
headlining.
Not that the 21 year-old DJ is remotely
fazed by the prospect of being the UK’s
hip-hop representative at such a
house-heavy event. After all, this stage
is nothing compared to the size of some
of the places Yasmin has played recently,
as support DJ to American r&b
superstars like N*E*R*D and Eve. And
when it comes to looking ‘Beyond
Borders’, the fact that Yasmin has
managed to break into the male-
dominated hip-hop scene on her own
terms speaks for itself.
“There are a lot of stereotypes you have
to break down in this industry,” she
admits. “You still get hip-hop purists
who say, ‘What would you know about
hip-hop?’ or ‘Can you even mix?’ But the
beauty of hip-hop is that ‘I don’t give a
fuck’ attitude it has. That’s what I get
from it anyway — the confidence to say
‘This is who I am’.”
It’s an attitude that’s served her well
since moving to London from Glasgow
two years ago. Getting her first gigs in
the VIP rooms of West End clubs, it was
pure self-belief that landed her on-stage
supporting N*E*R*D at their 2009
London Roundhouse gig after ‘phoning
the promoters to ask if they needed a DJ,
catching the ears of Eve’s manager, who
promptly whisked her away on a
whirlwind tour of Europe and the Middle
East.
“I’ve always been a realist, so I’ve never
been starstruck by celebrities or
impressed by money,” Yasmin states.
“I’m just into real talent and real music
and my priority is always just to play the
best set I can.”
Raised on a diet of American hip-hop
and r&b during her teens, those
influences still inflect Yasmin’s sets as
much as gentle Scottish tones still do
her accent, but she’s also picked up more
than a tinge of dubstep, grime and drum
& bass in her new home. Her sets strike a
clear-headed balance between the
crowd-pleasing commercial anthems she
spins to stadium crowds and the more
underground sounds she plays at her
own monthly London night Bad
Intentions.
“I’ve definitely become more influenced
by UK sounds,” she explains. “Hip-hop is
a mainstream genre in America so it’s
had a lot of money behind it, which isn’t
the case in Britain. But we have this
whole alternative scene with dubstep
and grime that we do really well. You’ve
got people like Chipmunk taking it into
the charts now, as well as artists like JME
keeping the underground strong with
pure street music.”
Now that British urban music can
conquer the US with Taio Cruz as much
as devastate the clubs with grimy
basslines, so Yasmin embodies the
confidence and chameleon qualities of a
new breed more likely to be found
downloading tunes and promoting their
nights on Twitter than spending their
days in record shops and their nights
flyering in the rain.
Although Yasmin acknowledges a
healthy respect for hip-hop history she’s
far from beholden to it or the traditional
segregated roles of DJ, producer, A&R
and artist; talking excitedly about her
plans to compile a mixtape of up-and-
coming British talent, guest spots on
stations like BBC Radio 1Xtra,
sportswear sponsorship contracts and
even her ambitions to start singing on
the productions she’s currently working
on.
“I want to be a creator as much as a
player,” she claims. “A lot of my
generation are real entrepreneurs so we
work in different areas — music,
fashion, film-making — and because the
industry isn’t so black-and-white now
we can prove that we’re talented in more
than one thing. I want to inspire people
but I also think that I’ve got a duty to
pass knowledge on because a lot of older
DJs taught me things that you just can’t
get off the internet.”
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Dubai really goes for UK funky. I love
going to these countries and then
reporting back home so other people
can bring some of that UK flavour over
next time. Music has no boundaries so
it’s not about distinguishing things as
There’s plenty that lots of other DJs
could learn from Yasmin’s set tonight.
Beginning with Dizzee Rascal’s ‘Fix Up
Look Sharp’ and featuring tried-and-
tested standards from Busta Rhymes,
Snoop Dogg and Outkast, Yasmin is
certainly adept at giving the crowd what
they want. But it isn’t necessarily in the
way they expected for, as befits a woman
who is as big a fan of A-Trak as she is
Jazzy Jeff, Yasmin also throws in some
pounding tribal house and electro under
acapellas from Craig David or Soul II
Soul’s ‘Back To Life’.
Even the most cynical hip-hop purist
would be impressed, not that there’s any
of them here, the crowd in front of the
stage swelling with people much more
interested in partying than trainspotting
and who are so vocal in their approval
that they refuse to let Yasmin leave for
half an hour after her allotted slot.
“It was a good gig, and it’s always
interesting to see how people react to
different things in different parts of the
world,” she ponders. “They loved a lot of
electronic tribal stuff here, and when I
was touring with Eve you find out that
Romania loves reggae for example, or
DJ Yasmin’s props to
the UK’s leading
lights
Mr Thing (former Scratch
Pervert and turntablist idol)
“His sets are just amazing.
When you’re a hip-hop DJ
you tend to analyse other
DJs when you go out and
he’s just unbelievably
inspiring every time.
DJ Cable (DMC Champion
and guest at Bad
Intentions)
“Cable really plays across
genres, so he can play you
the sickest ‘90s hip-hop set
followed by a grime set and
it’s always fantastic and
perfectly mixed.”
Twin B (Radio 1Xtra DJ and
one of Yasmin’s biggest
champions)
“One of the most genuine
people in the industry, a
fantastic ear for talent and
a huge supporter of UK
music.”
Labrinth (producer of Tinie
Tempah’s number one single
‘Pass Out’)
“The guy is a genius. He is
on another level musically
and I really think he is
going to make his mark on
British pop culture.”
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being American or British or whatever,
but I still really want to give the UK a
good reputation abroad.”
If only we could guarantee the same
thing about the football team who’ll be
following in her footsteps. PAUL CLARKE
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ames Zabiela is the one with
the surfer’s hair-do sitting on
the tower of black plastic flight
cases outside Dublin airport.
Airports (and, of course, hotel
rooms) are almost like a second home. His
favourite is Singapore. Oslo, too, is a good
one. He has no idea how many air miles he
has amassed, but he knows it’s quite a lot.
He usually uses them to fly his girlfriend
or his mates out to whichever corner of
the globe he might find himself in on any
given weekend. In the cab into town, he
jokes about George Clooney’s character in
Up In The Air, a businessman obsessed
with collecting air miles, airline privilege
cards, access to exclusive airport lounges.
It’s something he can relate to, the
strange, timeless serenity of travelling
alone in that weird hinterland paved with
moving walkways and populated with
smiling cabin crew.
“It’s nicer to be on my own sometimes,”
he says. “You can just live in the
headphones. It’s a solitary existence, but
it’s pretty chilling. Once you’re in that
bubble, you feel like you’re a vessel. You
can almost switch off. When I first started
travelling, it was like ‘oh my god! I’ve got
to get the plane!’, ‘where’s my luggage?!’,
‘when’s my connection?!’ and ‘have I got
my passport?!’, all very stressful. But now,
I just go into auto-pilot, and it becomes
that serene experience.”
It’s the little bits of home, of familiarity,
which provide comfort when he’s away
— seeking out a Starbucks, watching
EastEnders, Doctor Who or episodes of
Inspector Morse (an addiction he was
introduced to, somewhat incongruously,
by We Love... Space promoters Darren
Hughes and Mark Broadbent, a series
which the pair are apparently somewhat
obsessed with).
“Before I started DJing, I’d never even got
on a plane or been to a different country,”
he says. “My parents went away to Spain
once or twice, but I just wanted to stay at
home and go out on my skateboard. I
didn’t even have a passport until I was
19.”
Until, that is, he was spotted by Sasha.
After handing over a mixtape to Lee
Burridge at Bedrock, Zabiela achieved
every young DJ’s dream, the dance music
equivalent to being spotted by Man
United’s talent scouts and being given a
shot on the youth team. Impressed,
Burridge gave Sasha the tape, which he
listened to on a drive up to Liverpool for a
gig at Cream (remarkably, one of Zabiela’s
first gigs was warming up for Sasha in
Cream’s Courtyard room). He was signed
to Sasha’s agency, Excession, and the air
miles began tumbling in.
Tripod: Dublin
We arrive in cosmopolitan Dublin, where
Zabiela is playing at Tripod, as a guest of
its gregarious promoter Donal McCarthy.
The Tripod promoter has long been a
pivotal figure in the Irish scene,
responsible for bringing over anyone
who’s anyone in the world of dance music
since the early-’90s. He knows everyone,
and generally has a tale to prove it.
Zabiela faces stiff competition, however,
from Berliners Magda and Sebo K at The
Button Factory, and the mighty Michael
Mayer and Ivan Smagghe at The
Underground, who are all in town on the
same night. Dublin’s scene is vibrant,
sure, but by anyone’s standards, that’s
potentially an issue. But come 1am when
Zabiela takes the controls, a crowd surges
from nowhere, and when they spot his
distinctive floppy locks, there are raucous
cheers and chants of his name.
He ducks down, hiding behind the booth
for a bit, half the pretence of setting up
his laptop and various midi controllers,
but mostly because it’s probably a bit
embarrassing. For the following two
hours, Dublin is rapt. By his third track,
the initially bashful Zabiela is bouncing
around behind the console like a nutter.
Veering from throbbing, driving tech
house or coarse electro through the
occasional head-spinning, borderline epic
breakdown to the odd tough, dubstep
break, he topples those sub-genres like
dominoes. One minute it’s something
clicky and weird from Extrawelt or a
breakbeat from Ellen Allien and Apparat,
the next it can be Christian Smith’s
towering new mix of Carl Craig’s ‘At Les’,
an understated epic, or Modeselektor’s
We tag James Zabiela from Dublin to Belfast to get an insight into a
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Loyalist Sandy Row. With every street,
allegiances shift and change. The murals
are almost like attractions now, with taxis
full of tourists snapping pictures, but
they still resound, a powerful, arresting
reminder.
Zabiela plays at the Stiff Kitten that
night, the first time in about six years.
It’s an intimate, perfectly formed venue
(with a crisp, gutsy Funktion One system)
run by those behind Shine, Belfast’s
dance music Mecca since the mid ‘90s,
when it was founded by techno luminary
Alan Simms. It’s jammed as Tom Budden
flips off selections from Rob Mello and
Alan Fitzpatrick, so by the time Zabiela
arrives (once more to a roaring,
rapturous reception), things are starting
to get out of hand. Having eschewed a
soundcheck earlier in the day, he sets
about constructing his set up on the fly –
the laptop, the midi-controllers, the
effects units – then once more within
minutes, the bashful, self-effacing
Zabiela is a blur of scratching, delays and
cut-up loops. Finishing the night with
Siopis’ moody vocal anthem ‘Really Love
Ya’ sends the crowd into orbit. Watching
Zabiela slamming track after track into
mix of ‘Prototypes’ by Headhunter,
dubstep pitched right down to lock into
his solid groove.
As anyone who’s seen Zabiela play will tell
you, it’s virtually impossible to know just
quite what he’s doing at any given time.
Confounding, in fact. He’s a blur,
switching between his laptop, his effects
unit and the CD turntables. Though it’s
something purists might lament, it would
be absurd to imagine him using anything
as archaic as vinyl, those flight cases that
follow him around the world containing a
pair of CDJ-2000s, the unit he helped
Pioneer to develop. One reason Zabiela
loves going to Tokyo so much is that, as
well as satisfying his love of sci-fi (“it’s like
walking around in Blade Runner”), he can
go and see his new friends in the Pioneer
laboratories, the mad scientists who make
it happen. He even took one of the
middle-aged technicians to Space last
summer.
“He was walking around with his eyes on
stalks,” says Zabiela, giggling. “I think it
blew his mind.”
Stiff Kitten: Belfast
The next day, Zabiela emerges and we
drive up the M1 to Belfast. He’s travelling
with Tom Budden, also on Sasha’s
Excession agency, founder of the
burgeoning ALiVE label and Zabiela’s
regular warm-up. They sit in the back
glued to their Macbooks, Zabiela watching
episodes of Breaking Bad, and sorting
their sets in Pioneer’s Rekordbox
software, ready to transfer to an SD card,
and slot straight into the CDJs.
Conceivably, both could pitch up to their
gigs with an inch-square of plastic and
play for hours on end.
When we arrive, we tour the city. Paul, our
driver, takes us down the Shankill Road,
where houses and pubs are covered with
Loyalist murals. Around the Falls Road, we
see where the Republicans painted
pictures of Che Guevara standing
alongside murals screaming support for
Palestine, and for the repatriation of the
bodies of the Manchester Martyrs, three
Fenian men executed in the 1860s for the
murder of a policeman. The scars run
deep. We pass the Sinn Fein offices, the
entire gable end of the building
emblazoned with a mural of hunger striker
Bobby Sands. Minutes away, there are UDA
paintings of paramilitaries holding
Kalashnikovs, wearing balaclavas,
informing you that you are entering
A ‘LIFE’
THROUGH
SOUND

Zabiela’s recent
masterful mix
album, ‘Life’, part of Renaissance’s
Masters series, was punctuated with
his own field recordings, adding
atmospheric interludes from his
travels into the mix. Here he talks
about being the ‘weirdo with the
microphone’...
“It’s to have a memoir, an audio diary
of my life. I just took it everywhere.
There’s stuff as unglamourous as
leaving my creaky front door in
Southampton, and walking through
the snow, all the way to San Telmo
market in Buenos Aires. There’s all
these live percussionists in the street,
and I even timed some of the
percussion to the mix. They’ll be after
me for their PRS. It’s time consuming,
because you have to record
everything, and a lot of it is just
ambient noise. You can’t skip through
it, because you might miss
something, so you have to listen to it
all until you hear something
interesting. Like when I was in Peru, I
was walking and there were these
scantily dressed girls offering
massages, and then a police car went
past with the sirens at exactly the
same time, and it really worked, quite
seedy and dark. Getting moments like
that make it worth it. At the end of
the mix you can hear me being
harassed by some guy in the street in
Peru, shouting at me ‘What’s that?
What are you doing?!’”
each other, having seen the spectacle
twice in as many nights, makes it no easier
to fathom. Perhaps it’s best not to try. Far
better to sit back and enjoy it.
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SVEN
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LOCO DICE
ADAM
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VÄTH
system.
cocooninthepark.com
Tickets & Info
11am-11pm - Temple Newsam, Leeds
Early Bird..£35..Adv..£40..VIP..£75
Cocoon in the Park returns in
2010 for our second spectacular
open-air festival, the only one of
it's kind in the UK.
The festival site is set within
the grounds of a 450 year old
mansion house in the rolling
Yorkshire countryside, an
area of outstanding natural
beauty surrounded by
forests and lakes, playing
host to an exclusive lineup
over one stage featuring
Ricardo Villalobos, Loco Dice,
Adam Shelton and headed-
up by the Cocoon ringmaster
himself, Sven Väth. Expect a
breathtaking Cocoon
production including
dancers, full lighting show,
pyrotechnics, Live VJ along
with many other extras to
top last years event. A
custom built PA supplied by
Audio-Plus to provise their
Funktion-One setup.
Join us and thousands of
like-minded souls for what
promises to be a truly unique
and captivating experience.
H - JULY - LEEDS
This year gives you the
opportunity to go VIP and
experience this unique show
from a private raised platform
with a personal bar and
toilets. VIP’s will also be
treated to a few glasses of
champagne throughout the
day.
Following a successful run of
marathon events throughout
the spring in the intimate
environment of the Mint
Club - Leeds, System hosted
Loco Dice, Ricardo Villalobos
and Sven Väth all who gave a
unique solo show. Returning
all together in force bringing
you that real spectacular
Cocoon experience.
VIP’s have express entry
through their own lane, so
no queueing. To be part of
this experience grab your VIP
passes today. Tickets are
limited. For tickets/Info and
travel from your region visit:
cocooninthepark.com
Look forward to seeing you at
Cocoon In The Park 2010.
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rixton is a melting pot. A
bustling, fast-paced
community with an
ever-growing musical
history, it is once again
home to a burgeoning, thriving club
scene — not really what you expect when
you hop off the zone three tube in
deepest, darkest South-London. The
Fridge may have finally had its doors
nailed up, but taking the focus away from
the East and delivering the sonic-punch
back into the area is the re-emergence of
cool, bubbling venues such as Plan B.
Shut for an eternity for change of
ownership — and pretty much everything
else — the new Plan B has come up
fighting since its relaunch last autumn.
With the consistently cutting-edge
line-ups, a weighty Funktion One
soundsystem, a warehouse space
designed by hipster Kate Moross and a
natty 24-hour licence, it’s a force to be
reckoned with right now. Most
impressively, though, is the fact that
they’ve got some of London’s top
upcoming promoters on board. And
tonight’s Hyp! Hyp! Hyp! certainly fit into
that category with a line-up of genre-
merging bass talents that includes bumpy
house king Claude Von Stroke, funky don
Scratcha and bass badboy Mumdance to
name just three.
In a hyper-charged society that bleeds
once sectioned-off styles of music into a
bassy, appreciative love-in, Hyp! Hyp!
Hyp! have taken this idea and ran with it
— clearly evident by the line-up staring us
in the face, a heady mix of garage, grime,
techno, house and wonky dubstep —
kicking off proceedings was the strained
rave tinges of resident P45.
The crowd (some local, some chatting
about journeys home) are eager and pack
room one out nicely to the enveloping
tones. After sampling some delights from
UK funky supremo Julio Bashmore,
headliner and tech-house legend Claude
Von Stroke comes forward to drain heads
for a two-hour workout.
Giving the bowel-loosening rig an ample
workout, the Dirty Bird overlord cuts
through in thick swabs of 4/4 beats,
warming sub bass, and everything in
between.
A rare London departure from his usual
nest of Fabric, Claude destroys the floor
with his ever-surprising selection as the
room bursts at the seams. Clearly, heads
are eager to see this modern electronic
legend perform on their doorstep, and all
for a banging twelve bucks. And with more
underground cream yet to step to the
plate, the evening represents the eclectic,
continuing history of the UK’s incestuous
underground music cultures, and in their
rawest form.
In the dark basement lair of the freshly
made-over room two, Untold and his
imprint Hemlock Recordings are in the
thick of a take-over showcase of busting
talent. Future garage, sub low
murmurings and digi-dub
experimentalism come from Hyperdub
youngster LV, James Blake and Fantastic
Mr Fox, all plying Zomby, Martyn, George
Fitzgerald, Kyle Hall and everything they
could fit in between.
Bringing down the temperature in room
one to a lower degree is Hyperdub’s funky
newbie and Rinse FM brekkie show host
Scratcha with his flamboyant and
intelligent flavours.
After smashing up so many raves this year
with off-kilter tune ‘Ganja’, it’s natural to
see him presenting a wide-ranging set
that definitely waves his grimy roots
goodbye. Even during the graveyard shift,
the Hyp! boys retain quality control as
Mumdance rolls out some spectrum-
spanning bangers. Although missing some
MC action (usually hyping his sets by
3 OTHER ESSENTIAL REACHES
ISA GT’S MUSICALIA @ THE
DOGSTAR
Hosted at the most eccentric, nuttiest
boozer in South London on the first
Friday of the month, Isa GT’s blend of
global booty rhythms, ass-shaking
cumbia and bottom-heavy bass
monsters is always worth checking out
for something with a tropical tinge.
DEADLY RYTHYM @ PLAN B
Deadly Rhythm gels and melds
together the very best in techno,
dubstep, funky and other bass-driven
cultures on the last Friday of the
month. Expect big things with Scuba,
Appleblim, Alex Nut and Moodyman all
lined up to play
TOTALLY TROPICAL @ THE
REST IS NOISE
Formerly The Goose hang out, The Rest
Is Noise ply their signature night
Totally Tropical, a vivacious and daring
blend that involves everything from
Casper Clarke, to Rattus Rattus and
Klose One every single Friday.
about a 1000%), he smashes out his usual
eclectic mix of Plastician’s ‘Cha’, to Zombie
Disco Squad’s remix of Drop the Lime’s
‘Set Me Free’ and Agent X’s ‘Decoy’.
If this is what Brixton has to offer from
now on, they’ll have to get some more
night buses servicing the route. South
London is back and it’s ready for your
return. JOE GAMP
Claude Von Stroke
Scratcha
Brixton’s resurgent Plan B gets down to bass badness of all forms with
Claude Von Stroke, Scratcha, Untold and Mumdance all repping
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n this current flux of genre-mashing
creativity, there are lots of
promotions really pushing the
envelope with their programming.
Indeed, right now barely a day goes by
without some ingeniously sourced,
comprehensively cross-genre line-up
literally jumping off the page (or screen)
at us.
But when it comes to the crunch, success
can be measured in simple dancefloor
mathematics. Massive line-up plus packed
dancefloor of hedonistic loons equals a
killer rave.
Boasting a line-up that includes MJ Cole,
Congo Natty, Foamo, TC, Plastician and
many more tonight, Liverpool’s PlayDUB
crew have clearly got the equation
absolutely nailed if the scenes for their
first birthday at Nation are anything to go
by. It’s barely gone midnight and literally
everyone is at it — including some of the
fluro-bib-wearing security — as Rich
Reason pounds out some truly ear-
warping and gut-twisting dubstep.
It’s definitely a tough start for sensitive
ears, but equally DJmag doesn’t see
anyone complaining for the early crowd
are bouncing and hopping around as
though this could be the very last days of
debauched partying. Everyone’s further
emboldened as Rich drops The Prodigy’s
‘Breathe’ and then teases with Ben E.
King’s ‘Stand By Me’ — yes, that’s right;
the slow, cinematic version — finally
augmenting it with a fearsome pounder
towards the end of his set which ups the
ante even further.
“There’s a huge boom of sudden interest
in the music we’re pushing; dub, reggae,
garage, dubstep, drum & bass and
jungle,” explains PlayDUB’s PR man Danny
Vortex, above the ripping basslines.
“Tonight we’ve also launched our sister
night PlayCLASH, which is bringing a
slightly alternative, mash-up edge to club
nights in Liverpool and what better time
for the launch than PlayDUB’s first
birthday party?”
Not everything, however, has gone totally
to plan with Iceland’s violently spewing
aerial contribution sending a cloud of
powdered glass which not only paralysed
flights but sent panicked shockwaves over
UK clubs and their promoters. Yet the
stalwart young promoters of PlayDUB
have embraced a show-must-go-on ethos
with gusto.
So taking into account the flights chaos
and the fact that many marooned acts
haven’t been able to honour their booking
tonight (A1 Bassline, Tomb Crew and
Tenor Fly included), both Play nights have
been truncated from two into Nation’s
Courtyard as one. It’s a big room to fill yet
there’s a steady stream entering the
hallowed old venue as Plastician is
followed by headliner Kissy Sell Out.
Here’s a man who has built his reputation
on energy and creativity and offers
volcano-loads of both, with a tight mix of
jump-around treats and further
bass-busting tracks. He might have his
detractors, but Kissy remains a scene
stealer and tonight is no different. If the
crowd were horses they could be eating
right out of his hands.
There’s also large kudos in the fact that
tonight’s PlayDUB forms part of the
Outlook launch — one of many festivals
taking place on the Croatian Adriatic this
summer including The Garden Festival,
Electric Elephant and Papaya — which
illustrates how much respect is levelled at
promoters Danny, Kuz and co.
“We hope to see PlayDUB established in
Liverpool with a strong community-based
fanbase along with branching out into a
few cities and holding a tour, too,”
explains Danny on their future plans. “We
have so mans plans and ideas and this is
only the start. We are looking at starting a
music management and artist’s agency in
the not too distant future as well as a
limited edition clothing label.”
It’s ambitious stuff but any new night to
the city is always welcome, and the drive
of all concerned is refreshing to see.
The night climaxes on a couple of hours of
heavy, hectic drum & bass with both ragga
junglist legends Congo Natty and nu skool
don TC putting in solid turns. And with the
PlayDUB crew partying with such vigour,
these boys are sure to be pushing the
envelope for many months, if not years, to
come. DAMO JONES
•Two of the band members from
Reverend & The Makers came to PlayDUB
in November after their gig in Liverpool.
•The PlayDUB creators are starting a
record label, which will be called Light
Plane Records.
•PlayDUB held an official True Tiger
Records Party in November last year.
•Plans for the PlayDUB UK tour are fully
in motion with Manchester, Leeds and
many more in the not so distant future.
•The first instalment of PlayDUB’s
birthday was supposed to take place at
Liverpool’s Korova but the original
venue got burnt down two days before
the event.
With a killer cross-genre line-up of bass-heavy treats, Liverpool’s PlayDUB crew
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KILLERS
The cutting-edge
releases you need in
your life this month
p.114
IN THE BAG!
Style Of Eye takes us
through his essential
beats of the moment
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SINGLES
Our expert reviews team
run through the hottest
upfront releases
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CHAMPION
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Scottish trailblazer Burns
lives up to the hype with
his ‘European Sex Music’
compilation
p.140
Kiss kiss,
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Phonique’s deep house masterpiece
‘Kissing Strangers’ is our album of the issue
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VITAL
LABEL
Who’s behind it?
Swiss DJ/producer Ripperton.
What does it sound like?
“It’s a wide electronic land-
scape,” says Ripperton. “My
influences are definitely house
and Detroit. I really need har-
monies and groove. Originality
and quality are my main prior-
ity. As I’m playing out really
often, I can try the tracks on
the crowd every weekend, so
I release only the best that
people and my friends send to
me.”
Myagi & The Root
Sellers feat Norma
Maguire
‘Simmer’
Westway
Take huge clomping drum
breaks, and empty into a
soundsystem. Simmer for
over six minutes, adding
tasty electro-tech keys, wub-
bing bass, guest raps and a
sweet femme vox. Watch the
devastation ensue as this
breaks beast surges over the
crowd like a digital tsunami.
For extra flavour, sprinkle
in an ultra-chopped Zero B
remix, that sees the hardcore
hero shred rave keys like
a hyperactive sushi chef,
Totally Enormous
Extinct Dinosaurs
‘All In Two Sixty Dance-
halls EP’
Greco-Roman
ID
‘Mustang EP’
Sub Slayers
myspace.com/subslayers
a Menace to Sobriety mix
packed with evil synths, and
a delicious, percussive elec-
trofunk mix from Marzetti.
Tasty.
Brontosaurus beat. Ste-
gosaurus step. What a gift
TEED’s name is! All jokes
aside, Greco Roman’s new-
est acquisitions really have
birthed a monster that will
have you writhing in T-
Rexstasy. The essential track
is ‘Blood Pressure’, featur-
ing grimester Riko — what
begins as an old skool jungle
roller drops and morphs into
a broken up warehouse acid
bleeper. Words cannot do
justice to what, or how good
this strange and beautiful
hybrid is. Pure kinetic ener-
gy, any raver with a pulse will
dig this. The bleepy electro-
pop of ‘Garden’ is sweet, too,
but ‘Blood Pressure’ is the
one.
Emblematic, alongside
frequent studio partner
Baobinga, of the way that
breaks and bass music has
come to co-exist extremely
successfully, ID is also a shit-
hot producer. The breakbeat
title cut on this wicked EP for
Jay Cunning’s label uses clas-
sic skull-snappin’ beats and
wobbly low-end to deliver a
pirate radio pumping, alarm
bell ringing, city demolish-
ing concrete killer. The excel-
lent ‘Fresh Air’, meanwhile,
rolls in a dub-wise fashion
with double-timed claps and
an old skool jungle-style
bassline that mows your
head, steamroller style.
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THE CUTTING-EDGE RELEASES YOU NEED IN YOUR LIFE
Basic Soul Unit
‘Midnight Ridim EP’
Room With A View
myspace.com/basicsoulunit
The likes of Kyle Hall and
Floating Points are orien-
teering a brave new path
for soul-soaked techno and
house. Time to add Toronto’s
Stuart Li — known for
releases on Clone and Dolly
— to that list, on the basis of
this phenomenal new EP on
that paragon of depth, Room
With A View. Dappled in the
machine-engineered syn-
thetic sunshine of the Motor
City, the title cut is a broken
up, pitchy surge through
funky darkness, with lush
keys colliding with metallic
layers, and bubbling bass.
The other three tracks are
equally good. Brilliant work.
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Who releases on it?
“I try to release 50% of Swiss
artists like Masaya, Agnès,
Dachshund, Van Hai, Quenum,
Entlet, Quarion, Crowdpleaser,
St Plomb, Chaton and David
Durango. I also really like work-
ing with fresh new talents like
Blagger, Jonny White, Behling
& Simpson recently, and I buzz
making interactions between
young and established producers
like Isolée, DJ Koze, 2000 & One,
Mark August, Tobias, Jackmate
and October.”
Who’s playing it?
“I think all kinds of DJs play
Perspectiv tracks, as I’m trying
to release different kinds of
music on every release. It’s like
in my DJ sets, going from house
to techno and downtempo.”
What’s next?
“The next Perspectiv is my new
song called ‘1976’ which has
been amazingly remixed by Sebo
K. In the near future, I’ll release
a new EP from St Plomb and it
will be remixed by the fabulous
Jackmate/Soulphiction. ”
Kabuki
‘Just Hold On/Generation X
(Remixes)’
V Recordings
myspace.com/iamkabuki
Utah Jazz
‘Vintage Album Sampler’
Vintage Recordings
myspace.com/utahjazz
Various
‘Left’d 02’
Left’d
myspace.com/leftroomrecords
Two cuts from drum & bass
cat Kabuki’s forthcoming al-
bum get radical remix treat-
ments. The most surprising
is Innervisions deep house
dude Marcus Worgull’s ver-
sion of ‘Just Hold On’, which
works MPC punching snips
of Jenna G’s vox and adds
gorgeous tech soul chords to
a cool 4/4 beat — an exercise
in submarine perfection.
Rising deebee don Eveson
tackles the flip with perfect
composure, releasing a neo
dub jungle missive that uses
bits of Paul St. Hilaire’s roots
voice, and will drop jaws of
those who loved Skream’s
‘Burning Up’. Textbook killer!
Very cool showcase of new
artists on Leftroom’s subsidi-
ary imprint. Four tracks of
varying styles, Jacksonville
contributes the crisp, clap-
ping rhythms and psych-
edelic house grooves ‘n’
whispered vox of the funky as
fuck ‘Midnight All Day’; John
Johr brings the reverbed
snares, heavy kicks and ech-
oey samples of Murk tribute
‘Baby’; Waifs & Strays add
the Chicago house update of
‘3am’; and Greg Paulus gives
us the stabbing organ and
dusky technoid atmospheres
of ‘The Sender’. Not big, not
clever, just wicked house
built to rock floors — and
headphones.
Could Utah Jazz be the most
underrated d&b producer out
there? The evidence certainly
suggests it. Particularly with
this unbelievable preview EP
of his forthcoming album,
which takes its cues from
jungle’s past but adds new
ideas to the potent pudding.
Many will latch onto ‘Skyward
Bound’ with its absolutely
gorgeous, ’70s jazz funk sam-
ples, and crashing, smash-
ing Amen break choppage
— the perfect blend of liquid
atmospheres and devastating
beats. But others will favour
the flip, ‘Take No More’, with
its emotive piano riff remi-
niscent of Sébastian Tellier’s
‘La Ritournelle’ and aching
bluesy tones, all accompanied
by that essential deebee drum
clatter. Both demand your
attention immediately.
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THE CUTTING-EDGE RELEASES YOU NEED IN YOUR LIFE
Paul Woolford
‘Bloodline EP’
Intimacy
myspace.com/paulwoolford
Something we couldn’t have
predicted is Paul Woolford
making bass music. And mak-
ing something as unbeliev-
able as ‘Let It Go’ is doubly
jaw-dropping. By taking ac-
knowledged inspiration from
the raw release and physical,
body-moving rhythms of pro-
ducers like Untold and Ram-
adanman, and adding Detroit
bleeps and his immaculate
production skills to ‘Let It
Go’, he’s fashioned one of
the undoubted biggest tunes
of the year so far. ‘Blood-
line’ itself, meanwhile, is a
techno cut built on squelches
that move through your
ears and brain, disorienting
and directing the feet. Both
prove positive that Woolford
just keeps getting better and
better.
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STYLE OF EYE
Thought that Swedish music was all Abba and dodgy big
room house? Well, the acerbic, acid-doused, cantankerous
electro of Linus Eklow, or Style Of Eye, is the antidote to
all that.
Kicking out a combustible combo of roughneck ghetto
house, proper techno and bass boomin’ beats, he’s made
a name for igniting discotechs across the map, and cutting
fresh tracks for such taste-making stables as Classic,
Dirtybird and Tiny Sticks that cast genre considerations to
the wind and instead concentrate on rocking the party.
“It’s my restlessness, I always need to do something that
feels fresh to me,” admits Linus. “Otherwise I just get
bored. Hopefully there’s something that connects the dots
between the productions. I don’t aim to be crazy, that’s
just how it comes out!”
His new double mix CD, ‘Ministry Of Sound Club Presents
Style Of Eye’, sees Linus deliver a seditious selection for the
renowned London club’s new cooler diffusion mix series.
Running the gamut from KiNK’s neo acid house to A1
Bassline’s heavy 4/4 garage beats, via his own powderkeg
remixes of Deepgroove and Kid Sister, it’s designed to
drive electro addicts bananas.
“I really wanted to show where my heart is at the moment,
the music that I respect and that I play,” Linus notes on
the musical motivation behind the mix. “I wanted to do a
party compilation rather than something for home listen-
ing. Sort of a pre-party listen.”
Here are his latest tried-and-tested floor batterers…
In the bag....
Teki Latex
’Dinosaurs With Guns’
Sound Pelligrino
“It’s produced by Noob, he’s one of my favourites at the mo-
ment, but I think it’s really interesting how he’s transformed
over the years. I think this could be like the next ‘Techno
Vocals’, that M-nus tune that was really big. I think it’s going to
grow slowly before people really start to recognise it.
“It’s all about the crazy story, and for me it’s got that classic
sound to it. The kind of quirky vocals are what’s pushing it
forward.”
Jan Driver
’Tellyfoam’
Boys Noize
“This feels really fresh, it’s a great building track, and the club
always goes nuts when I play it. It’s how he takes his sound
into Boys Noize territory, but it still sounds like him. I’m
very happy to hear Boys Noize try something different, it’s
definitely one of my favourite labels.”
Justin Martin
’Robot Romance’
Dirtybird
“His new EP on Dirtybird really blows the speakers for me! This
is his first solo material for what seems like too long now. I
could have picked any of the tracks off this EP.
“If I close my eyes and listen to this, I can almost smell the
barbecue in Golden Gate Park [San Francisco] on a Sunday
when we used to have those Dirtybird parties. He’s got a really
original sound, and this is one to look out for.”
Siriusmo
’High Together’
Monkeytown
“He always delivers huge productions, they’re so well put to-
gether. This track has a disco feel to it, and it takes me back to
when I was a little kid on my skateboard, a summery vibe. It’s
hard to explain, it’s just a really happy track! I haven’t played
it in my sets, but it’s one of those tunes that’s pushing things
forward and doing things that are fresh.”
Brodinski
’Arnold Classics (Tony Senghore Staggering
Daggering Remix)’
Grizzly
“I could have picked any of the things Tony’s done recently.
He’s found a really fresh style, taking his melodies into this
year and doing it really well. His tracks always stand out.
“For us, Tony Senghore has never been away, but he hasn’t
released anything for a really long time. He brought me into
the dance community, and what I learnt from him is that it’s all
about finding the ideas that will take things further and push
the boundaries.”
Boys Noize & Erol Alkan
’Waves (Gonzalez Rework)’
Boys Noize
“For me, Gonzalez is one of the few producers who can trans-
late a huge dance track into a piano track without losing any of
the energy. He’s a genius. Sometimes I open my sets with this,
and it’s very energetic, but yet it’s still just the piano.”
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HOUSE REVIEWS
The Shapeshifters
Helter Skelter
Defected

7.5

Daft Punk have a lot to answer for. Mostly for unspeakable acts com-
mitted against vocals on ‘One More Time’ and infuencing others to
do similar. The Shapeshifters are the latest in a long line, here doing
things so heinous to Steve Edwards even his own mum would have a
hard job recognising him. ‘Helter Skelter’ is actually annoyingly infec-
tious, thanks to a catchy stabbed bleepy key hook along with which
Edwards delivers a staccato, hurried vocal; think somewhere in the
region of Tom Novy’s ‘Your Body’ and Outwork’s ‘Electro’. Disposable
yes, but good fun while it lasts.
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Romanthony
Be 2 Nite
Launch
8.0
Romanthony was something of a fxture back in the ‘90s
thanks to a string of weird, wonderful and decidedly
maverick releases on Azuli and his own label Black Male.
Then up he popped on Daft Punk’s ‘One More Time’ and
promptly disappeared. ‘Be 2 Nite’ shows both sides of
his erratic talent; the Samba Raw Vocal and Dub are the
familiar dense, dark, Murk-ish underground grooves.
But fip to the main vocal and you’ll fnd an unashamed
commercial and almost radio-targeted song — complete
with Roman crooning like a good’un — that could be Daft
Punk at their most pop.
Chris Perez & Louie Gorba feat Ms Patty
RU Feeling Me (Alex Kenji Mix)
King St
8.0
Taken from Kenji’s ‘Street King Volume 1’ mix comp, this
is one of those rare grooves that grabs you from the off
thanks to a simple but irresistible commanding rhythm
built around a basic, punchy reverbed key stab. Other
than that there’s just a drifting string in the background
and, of course, Ms Patty’s panted spoken word vocals and
singular sung hookline. If you don’t at least nod your
head to this you can’t be alive.
Pete Heller
Overtime
Buzzin’ Fly
7.0
Every serious producer should have at least one monster
disco groove in their portfolio and Pete Heller’s is the
still big ‘Big Love’. But that was a decade ago and in the
intervening years his output has been sporadic and rather
deeper. ‘Overtime’ fts the deep category like a glove but
there’s nothing aggressive here, and neither is there any
of the introspection or intensity that often comes with a
Buzzin’ Fly release. Instead there’s an understated horn
riff that might or might not be African, a soothing, one
word vocal and Heller’s trademark intricate percussion.
Lazy like a summer night.
Eddie Thoneick & Erick Morillo feat Shena
Nothing Better
Subliminal Records
7.5
Subliminal has made something of a speciality of knocking
out big, epic vocal records characterised by trance-
inspired grandeur foating over a resolutely house base.
‘Nothing Better’ is quite the perfect example. The much
travelled and ever reliable Shena provides the vocals while
Morillo and producer/remixer/DJ/dentist Thoneick lay
down a wide soundscape of big piano chords, atmospheric
keys and bouncy beats. Probably not cool for those who
care too much about their cred, but right on the money
for Ibiza.
Francisco Allendes & Marcelo Rosselot
Catrianca EP
Cadenza Lab
7.0
‘El Grillo, el Indio y el Robot’ is a sort of ‘La Mezcla’ without
the hooks and though it has its charms, they come neither
quickly nor easily. A long, rambling intro meanders for
minutes before you realise it’s no intro, it’s the track, and
then we’re into a little Fela Kuti-style guitar riff, a drop,
and back to before. ‘El Ladron De Mails’ keeps to a similar
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Whole Lotta Love
Camel Rider
6.5
New York’s Vanjee &
Alston deliver a beefy,
atmospheric groove with
long, lingering drops and
a soft-rock styled vocal.
Camel Riders steer things
in a housier direction and
add piano while Doman
& Pete Gooding hit the
cooler, deeper boompty
beats.
Ross Evana
Chrome EP
Leaders Of The New School
7.5
Filtered loops are back
with a vengeance and
here’s a producer who’s
taken to them like a fsh
to water. Taut basslines,
funky nu-disco licks and
liquid, rolling beats are
all the order of the day,
‘Panic Room’ just edging
out its siblings ‘Chrome’
and ‘Triad’.
Nelski
Body Pop (Radio
Slave Remix)
Rising Music
8.0
Simply superb and enor-
mously long, Radio Slave’s
devotion to intricate
arrangement and careful
production comes off in
spades. Like Cobblestone
Jazz, Dennis Ferrer and
Jimpster all rolled up in
one tasty wrap.
Pete Gooding &
Chris Coco
Nightdance EP
Nang
7.0
Cultured chill grooves
from Gooding & Coco who
strike a vintage house keys
stance on the original,
while Toby Tobias does his
tech thing.
QUICKIES
QUENTIN HARRIS STRICTLY RHYTHM
style but reduces things to pure percussion peppered
with a few chants. Obscure.
Bah Samba
Don’t Let Them Get You Down
Favouritizm
8.0
If luxury came as audio it would probably sound like
this; smooth, sophisticated, intricate, radiant with
class and quality. Over the top? Check out the musi-
cianship and vocal performances. Naturally, none of
that means anything if the tune itself isn’t happening.
But it is, of course: Bah Samba isn’t so much about
navel-gazing as good-time tunes executed with care
and attention and as a house/jazz/soul fusion groove,
‘Don’t Let Them Get You Down’ is in the same grand
tradition as classics like MAW’s mix of Be Be Winans’
‘Thank You’.
Chocolate Puma feat Colonel Red
Back Home
Defected
7.0
Fela Kuti riffs seem all the rage at the moment,
although you could justifably ask when they weren’t.
As this is Chocolate Puma we’re talking about however,
don’t expect any pretty Afro-ethno beats. Do expect
the normal Puma attack of big drums, big drops and
fast-fring key riffs plus a counter-balancing melodic
vocal hook from Colonel Red and a little frisson of the
revving motorcycle/geiger counter effect popularised
a year or two back. Classic Chocolate Puma, in short.
24bit/96kHz Digital Audio
2 Effects Processors
18 fully-editable effects per processor
2 built-in loop samplers
Advanced MIDI control
Dedicated MIDI control area
Output Limiter
24bit/96kHz Digital Audio
Traktor Scratch Certified
Firewire Audio Interface
Fully-Editable Dual Effects Processor
Comprehensive MIDI control
Super-Advanced Settings Menu
Full-Colour TFT Screen for complete control
Output Limiter
01. YOKO ONO ‘Give It To Me (R Rodriguez Vocal/Alt Mix)’ Mind Train
“Yoko Ono doing a song which is, well, very Yoko Ono. I love it!”
02. THE DJOON EXPERIENCE FEAT KENNY BOBIEN ‘Old Landmark’ Cheers
“It was time for a great foot stompin’ gospel house song.”
03. BANG BANG ‘Broken (Sean Smith Remix)’ Lost My Dog
“This has an after hours vibe. It’s dark and musical at the same time.”
04. JOSH WINK ‘Jus Right (Jimpster Remix)’ Ovum
“Along with ‘Hey Hey’, this was the track that I heard everywhere during WMC 2010.”
05. UNDERGROUND SOLUTION ‘Luv Dancin’ (2010 Harry Choo Choo Romero’s
B-Boy Remix)’ Strictly Rhythm
“Now this is how you update a classic! Modern and not over-produced, it’s perfect.”
06. DJ DUKE ‘Blow Your Whistle’ ffrr
“This was a fave of mine during the Junior Vasquez Sound Factory days!”
07. ARMAND VAN HELDEN ‘The Witch Doktor (Miss Honey Dijon & Quentin
Harris Sound Factory Cut Up Mix)’ Strictly Rhythm
“Honey and I took this SR classic and re-worked it.”
08. NINJASONIK ‘Somebody Gonna Get Pregnant’ Marriage
“Every year, there is a mindless record that just works and for some reason, is amazing.”
09. QUENTIN HARRIS & DENIESE HENDERSON ‘Wait (R&O Tribute Re-
Production)’ Strictly Rhythm
“This is my tribute to Oscar G & Ralph Falcon.”
10. PAUL OAKENFOLD & LED ZEPPELIN VS F.S.T.R. ‘Babe I’m Gonna Love
This Basic Track (A TOT Mash Up)’ CDR
“Genius.”
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disco REVIEWS
New Young Pony Club
We Want To
The Numbers
6.0
A broad choice of remixes to choose
from on this latest from their self-
released album, ‘The Optimist’. Kris
Menace and Silver Columns weigh
in with two, no-brainer, peak-time,
electro-disco mixes that don’t
particularly tread new ground, but do
serve a purpose. More interestingly,
XL’s psych/garage goths, The Horrors,
provide a chromatic, krautrock-style
version while all-round interplanetary
musician, Mickey Moonlight, adds a
quirky, tropical disco touch preceding
his forthcoming long-player on Ed
Banger.
TBD
Oh My
DFA
7.0
Following a slew of consistent
releases on DFA, the latest addition
to the roster is TBD — the brainchild
of !!!’s Justin Vandervolgen and
NYC’s Lee Douglas — who together,
re-defne the term ‘acid-rock’ on this
latest release for the label. The title
track, Oh My’ is laced with scorched
303 lines wrapped around fuzzy guitar
riffs and pile-driving disco drums. On
the b-side, ‘OK, Cool’ loses the guitar
in favour of some sizzling 909 hi-hats
for a sleazy, DJ Pierre-style acid house
workout.
Andy Bell
Call On Me
Mute
6.0
Synth pop personality, Andy Bell,
makes a return to a familiar home,
Mute — the label that launched a
career with Vince Clarke as Erasure,
more than 20 years ago — with this
latest techno pop number, ‘Call On
Me’, featuring a varied choice of
remixes. His long-term partner, Vince
Clarke, swaps his old DX7 in favour
of some modern production devices,
refected in a techy-disco reworking.
Other contributions from Deadboy
(following his superb, future-garage
smash ‘If You Want Me’ for Glaswegian
collective, Numbers) and Chicago-
based, nu-disco contenders, Hey
Champ, help along this interesting
comeback.
Jonathan Jeremiah
Heart Of Stone (Remixes)
Island
6.0
Pilooski, famed for groundbreaking
re-edits/remixes of Frankie Valli, Elvis
and Nora Dean’s haunting, nyabingi
reggae classic, ‘Angie La La’, turns
his hand to the mystical crooning of
Jonathan Jeremiah’s ‘Heart Of Stone’.
The result is a loose house groove with
quirky ‘discoid’ chirps that could have
been borrowed from Mr. Oizo’s sample
library. Penguin Prison’s linear disco-
house version is a little disappointing,
but Pilooski does manage to keep the
ship from sinking.
John Talabot
Matilda’s Dream
Permanent Vacation
8.0
Another cosmic disco stunner from
John Talabot, dropping his second
release for Permanent Vacation. Tribal
drums build up beneath emotive
synth washes and subtle fecks of
delicate acid fourishes. Backed with
a cool dub version of ‘La Ninya’ —
complete with balearic guitar phrases
- and a tough remix of the title track
by DFA affliate, Jacques Renault, tak-
ing ‘Matilda’s Dream’ to a much, much
darker place.
Ichisan & Nakova
Pionir
Nang
7.0
This latest release on Nang comes
from Slovenian disco duo, Ichisan
and Nakova (aka Igor and Jure), who
between them, have coined their style
of patriotic disco as, ‘Yugo Disco’.
‘Pionir’ is a slick electronic production
with a growling bass, chirpy cowbell
patterns, cascading arpeggios and a
meandering lead guitar. Lusty Zanibar
from Bearfunk Records produces a
more euphoric version with lengthy
breakdowns, as does Discodromo, by
including some epic synth moments.
Poni Hoax
We Are The Bankers
Abracadabra
6.0
Debut release on Dirk De Ruyck’s
(Eskimo) new venture, Abracadabra,
with a single from Tigersushi’s punk-
funk troupe, Poni Hoax. A loose
Talking Heads-style post-punk tune
that’s accompanied with remixes
from the likes of Renaissance Man
(providing an average electro-house
remix); The Living Island, with their
percussion-heavy, disco-dub and
Tim Goldsworthy’s Mustang project,
whose Afro-disco version is the
highlight of this EP.
01. CHANTel CurTIs ‘Hit Man’ Pye
“Moroder-infuenced Moog disco with a French harmonica twist.”

02. VoYAge ‘Point Zero’ Marlin
“Primal Afro tribal house music from1977!”

03. AsHrA ‘shuttlecock’ Virgin
“The roots of modern Kraut electronic disco.”

04. sTeVIe WoNDer ‘race Babbling’ Tamla
“Unbelievable proto Detroit techno fromMotown’s star pupil.”

05. PATrICk CoWleY ‘sea Hunt’ Megatone
“Exotic soundtrack-inspired Italo fromSan Francisco.”

06. JIMMY Bo HorNe ‘spank (edit)’ Boot
“This never fails to rock a dancefoor. Been sampled so many times, but who cares!”

07. lIMe ‘on The grid’ Prism
“Heavyweight hypnotic Euro sleaze remixed to perfection by producer John Morales.”

08. MArTIN CIrCus ‘Disco Circus (Francois k edit)’ Unidisc
“Psychedelic rock with chanting voodoo priests?”

09. CANDIDo ‘Thousand Fingered Man’ Salsoul
“Louie Vega once stated this was his favourite all-time disco tune.”

10. eDDY grANT ‘Nobody’s got Time’ Ice
“This monster classic was recently ripped off by the Gorillaz.”
Joel Martin QuIeT VIllAge/MAxxI & Zeus
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It’s A Fine Line EP
Marketing
9.0


Following a couple of killer
single releases — frstly the
ardent electro-disco classic for
History Clock, ‘Woman’, and the
deliciously skewed/brilliantly
titled ‘Never Go With A Hippie To A
Second Location’ for ‘Live At Rob-
ert Johnson’ — Ivan Smagghe and
Marketing label boss, Tim Paris
return to make a perfect hat-trick.
Anything but linear, both tracks
‘Do The Hot Tar’ and ‘Bachbeat’
move in a wonderfully idiosyn-
cratic fashion; melodies with
curdled time signatures snake
around peculiar, vintage-style
house rhythms and unusual disco
effects. Eccentric Body Music.
la Bionda
I Wanna Be Your Lover
White
8.0
First brought to the
attention of many
Italo-disco obsessives’
attention after appearing
on the cult Automan
label back in 2002. This
classic sees another
re-issue with two lesser-
known productions from
brothers Carmelo and
Michelangelo La Bionda,
‘Burning Love’ and ‘I Got
Your Number’.
kZA
Let’s Get Lost Vol. 2
Let’s Get Lost
5.0
KZA of Japan’s Force Of
Nature re-edits three
bona fde disco classics,
and adds a little twist
with an instrumental dub
of wedding party classic
‘Everybody Dance’ by
Chic; Moroder’s catchy ‘I
Wanna Rock You’ and the
instrumental version of
Steve Bender’s (frontman
of Eurovison fnalists,
Dschinghis Khan) ‘The
Final Thing’.
gentlemen Drivers
L’Arche
Because Music
6.0
Following the likes of
Uffe and Breakbot,
Gentlemen Drivers
offer an EP of strobing
electro-disco, quirky
synth-pop, and cinematic
electronics.
V.I.P. Connection
West Coast Drive
Morning Star
9.0
Killer, super-rare cosmic
disco/Afro funk 12” from
French production team
gets a facsimile ‘re-issue’
to annoy those that paid
through the nose for an
original.
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Ripperton
1976
Perspectiv
8.0
Ripperton goes particularly deep here
on this latest for his Perspectiv label,
following on from the 14 tracks of
silken depth he provided on recent
long-player ‘Niwa’. Crisp claps, soothing
pad sounds, layers of synths, this is like
being wrapped in a feather duvet, that
is until it gets its groove on whereupon
it promptly heads for the dancefoor.
Mobilee man Sebo K provides a remix,
and what a rolling, bass-driven slab of
party action it is, too.
Andrea Fiorito
Moderato Zoologico
Cynosure
8.0
Here, Andrea Fiorito drops another on
Mike Shannon’s Cynosure. ‘Escape From
Myself’ leads the charge, a rolling deep
houser punctuated with old school,
Todd Terry-style hi-hats. ‘Zoraida’
is all claustrophobic and menacing
before fanking you with disorientating
space synths and a meltingly gorgeous
vocal from Amelia Saul arriving like an
intoxicating breath of spring air. And
just when you think you have ‘Jazzato
Minimo’ pegged, it turns all famenco
piano meets pulsating minimalism.
Insane and brilliant.
Manik
My Machines EP
Four:Twenty
8.0
Lush synth gorgeousness here from
Christopher Manik with ‘Fable’ on
Bristolian stable Four:Twenty, a track
not in fact dissimilar to Silicone Soul’s
line in building deepness, but minus
the over reliance on hoover basslines.
‘Aftermath Class’ is a toasty-warm
groove with an acid bassline arriving
halfway, while the masterful Rick Wade
pops off his ‘Detroit Chiller’ mix of the
track with little thought for foreplay,
stuffng in some chopped vocals and a
humping house loop. Devastating.
Absurd Allstars
Remix Series
Absurd Recordings
7.0
Hailing from the house music dead
zone that is the City of Angels, Absurd
Recordings bring together their
ringers for this substantial fve-tracker.
Playhouse/Diynamic type Holger Zilske,
Suol’s Penner, Chopstick and Johnjon
and Mollono.Bass take on Pablo
Bolivar’s ‘Other Vision’, while Hamburg’s
Kollektiv Turmstrasse and Highgrade’s
Todd Bodine take a pop at Tigerskin’s
‘Response’. The Kollektiv take it by a
nose, but distinction goes to Zilske for
his ice cold, low-slung groove.
Deetron
Collide/Dark Matter
Green
8.0
It is indeed a brave man who waits until
halfway through a track to bring in his
hi-hats, but with ‘Collide’, Deetron’s
debut on Joris Voorn’s Green imprint,
he skirts around the subject, letting the
arpeggiating Detroit synths keep his
groove going. All meaning, of course,
that when the climactic moment arrives
(and oh, does it arrive), it does so with
gusto. Over, the monstrous ‘Dark Matter’
is dark until its break, when wondrous
synths bring a lump to the throat.
Tomas Malo
Nobody Loves You/No Pressure
Architech
8.0
In this latest for his own label Architech,
a concern co-run with London jock
and producer Mat Playford, Tomas
Malo (really Tom Gray, a ‘mainstream’
producer for the major labels) indulges
his passion for all things deep. The
fabulous ‘Nobody Loves You’ builds and
chugs with a favour of the ’80s boogie
about it. ‘No Pressure’ too is frm, tribal
and, well, very deep indeed, a 4am
clarion call to the dancefoor. Did we
mention it was deep?
Moscow
Deep Heat
Loeb
7.0
Moscow is producer Matt Waites, also
known under the nom-de-plume
Nightmoves, and here he’s thrown
down some classy dub disco, an intense,
hypnotic builder with clanging cowbells
and spaced out synths. DFA founder Tim
Goldsworthy (under his Thee Loving
Hand guise) strips the track right down
to its basics, while maintaining the
intensity. On the digital release there’s
versions from Toby Tobias and The
Blessed too, both well worth a look.
Matt Tolfrey & Chris Sylvester
Real Talk EP
Murmur

9.0

Leftroom Records boss Matt Tolfrey and Chris Sylvester (also known
as Inxec) have every right to be as smug as bloody Paxman given the
outcome of this latest collaboration for Murmur Records. Because
throwing down ‘Real Talk’, featuring a particularly dulcet spoken
word performance from Kevin Knapp, is like administering dancefoor
catnip, like bona fde disco witchcraft. It almost feels like cheating.
Almost. Presumably one or both of them met the Prince of Darkness
at the Old Street/Kingsland Road crossroads and traded their soul or
souls for Satan’s synth. Whatever the cost, it was clearly worth it. Play
this, sit back and watch those under its throbbing spell tailspin into a
writhing, whooping mass of vulgar, Bacchanalian abandon, convinced
that you are the fnest DJ of your generation.
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01. Cole MeDinA ‘Red Hot’ Internasjonal
“This loop monster is irresistible.”
02. SCHweiz ReC ‘Unknown’ Workshop
“A wonderful-sounding house tune spiced with ‘Levon Vincent peppers’.”
03. GUnSHip ‘locussolus’ International Feel
“The rebirth of acid meets The Slits and later Eddie van Halen. Very übercool!”
04. RAoUl K ‘Sun of Gao (Village Mix)’ Fatsouls Records
“I hope Ricardo Villalobos plays this tune.”
05. KRAUSe DUo ‘Up’ Philpot
“Let’s say Panorama Bar, around 9:30 in the morning.”
06. FReilAnD ‘Geduld (DJ Koze Remix)’ Kompakt
“Koze takes us on a journey to our favourite hospital and back. Brilliant.”
07. JACKMATe AnD THe MiSSinG linx ‘Discodisco’ Pampa 02
“He is my hero and a true expert in deconstructing dance music.”
08. lil’ Tony ‘Solid State’ Moodmusic
“This piano riff could last forever.”
09. SHloMi AbeR ‘Groove Mechanism’ Ovum
“Techno needs good tools and this quiet beater works pretty well.”
10. iT’S A Fine line ‘Do The Hot Tar (it’s A Fine line)’ CDR
“Hot stuff frommy French colleagues.”
in Flagranti
Through A Rabbit
Hole
Codek
7.0
The peerless In Flagranti
drop this Balearic
bombshell, an excursion
into spooky electro-pop
with dreamy vocals from
Natalie Smash and mixes
from Moscow and Danielle
Baldelli.
Sarrass
Lust EP
Third Ear
7.0
With previous forays on
Compost Records’ Compost
Black spin-off imprint,
Freiburg producer Sarrass
presents four tracks of
lush, understated, lusty
deepness for the excellent
Third Ear.
D’Julz
Second Hand Feet EP
Ovum
7.0
Bass Culture honcho
D’Julz brings three tracks
of serious dancefoor
pressure for Ovum, notably
the title track, a shuffing
‘French Kiss’-esque trancer
that builds and builds.
let’s Go outside
Sunday Morning In
The Church Of Bass
(Remixes)
Soma
7.0
Three fne remixes here
for the brilliant Let’s Go
Outside (aka Stephen
Schiebert) from Viva
Records man Leon,
Sleaze Records boss Hans
Bouffmyhre and Stefny.
Roman Flügel TURbo
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GLOBAL BASS REVIEWS
Heatwave feat
Serocee
War Dance
Heatwave
7.5
Heatwave link up with
Toddla T’s right-hand man,
Serocee, for the tribalistic
bashment of ‘War Dance’.
Potent dancefloor material
from London’s finest.
Duncan Powell
Pushing
2nd Drop
7.0
More great bass music
from 2nd Drop Records.
‘Pushing’ opens with some
euphoric strings, beauti-
fully melodic and stirring.
Falty DL features on remix
duties.
The Cheerz
Whooz Da Baddest
Moveltraxx
7.0
One of the most wildly
random releases I’ve come
across recently, collecting
remixes from across the
house and the ghetto
music scenes. Features
Oliver $, Douster and DJ
Gant Man.
Kalbata
Wallabee
Double Science
6.5
Deep and dubby garage
from Tel Aviv producer
Kalbata. Cosmin TRG is
also enlisted on the remix.
Solid release.
Chief Boima
Techno Rumba
Dutty Artz
9.0
This debut EP from Bay Area
producer/DJ, Chief Boima,
is a breath of fresh air in a
climate where producers
follow rules as much as
one another’s generic bass
sounds. Lead track ‘Techno
Rumba’ is modern African
music exuding class and
style. Like much of the great
contemporary African music
it’s incredibly stripped down
with only a slow house
groove, a b-line bump,
some neat snare work and a
hypnotic guitar lick. Rupture
and Shadetek trip it out a
little and Uproot Andy takes
it uptempo and tropical on
his mix.
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Ramadanman
Glut
Hemlock
9.0
Ramadanman is absolutely pumping
out the releases at the moment, all
consistently top draw. It’s appropriate
then that his debut on Hemlock
should be entitled ‘Glut’: it’s a low-
end booming monstrous affair with
nods to the Chicago sound of ghetto
house as much as to the UK’s jungle
heritage. The flipside ‘Tempest’ is a
more wooden percussion trip with
shimmering synths and emotive
melodies. It kicks a third of the way
in with deep subs and a groove that is
just too sick.
Supra1
I Still Believe
Trouble & Bass
7.0
Drop The Lime and company’s Trouble
& Bass imprint continue their ‘Heavy
Bass Champions Of The World Series’
(now that’s truly global bass). This
time it’s the turn of Polish producers
Supra1 who oblige with two original
dubstep tracks and a host of mixes.
Main track ‘I Still Believe’ is a decent
track but the diva-style vocal doesn’t
quite succeed for me. It’s a case of
B-side wins then as ‘Ghoster’ does
everything right – soulful pads, swung
drums, great synths.
Ital Tek
Moment In Blue
Planet Mu
7.0
Looking ahead to Ital Tek’s album on
Planet Mu, we are presented with a
rather beautiful single that’s set to
soundtrack the upcoming summer
months. There are two originals,
the heavy funk dose ‘Crush Horizon’
in particular shouldn’t be slept
on. However, it’s the remixes that
dominate the package. Falty DL’s
is typical of the New York producer
— techy garage beats and plenty of
invention — but it’s Ikonika’s remix
that shines a little brighter; the
Hyperdub producer absolutely kills
this one with the melodies.
WAFA
Ewid Disco
Grizzly
9.0
Debutant WAFA opens his account
with a track that’s set to stir more
than a few festival fields this summer.
‘Ewid Disco’ is definitely inspired by
disco drums, but once the pitch-bent
Nintendo arpeggio basslines enter
we get the feeling this is far removed
from a regular disco groove, instead
owing a larger debt to grime, garage
and straight up anything wonky.
Ewid’s bastard Italo basslines duck in
and out, transposing higher and lower
but never losing the groove, which is
relentlessly addictive.
Funkineven
She’s Acid
Eglo Records
8.0
Alex Nut’s Eglo Records are
responsible for some of the most
forward thinking music coming
out of the UK at the moment, with
Funkineven staking a claim for one of
the best new producers. ‘She’s Acid’
is deep and melodic, fun, colourful
and very funky with the cosmic slop
of Parliament and Prince, but giving
props to Detroit techno’s forefathers
at the same time. Quirky and brilliant
modern soul music.
Bert On Beats feat MC
Anbuley
Suomo
Man Recordings
7.0
Estonian producer Bert On Beats won
a recent remix competition held by
Man Recordings. He impressed them
so much that, after a few slam-dunk
remixes, he was gifted his own
release. The debut release, ‘Suomo’
sees him teaming up with Ghanian
female MC Anbuley, and it’s very
much a team effort. Bert’s tough
hitting afro-tech is the perfect foil for
Anbuley’s tracky vocals, which never
obstruct the groove. Remixes come
courtesy of Ku Bo, Haaksman and
Lazy Ants.
Carte Blanche
Black Billionaires EP
Ed Banger
7.5
‘Black Billionaires EP’ is a collection of
bassy jacking house tracks influenced
by classic Chicago labels such as Trax
and Dancemania, and produced under
the collaboration partnership known
as Carte Blanche, otherwise known as
Riton and DJ Mehdi. ‘Gare Du Nord’ is
the ‘banger’ and the most immediate
of the five, followed by ‘In The Mix’.
Chi-town rapper and heiress to the
Chicago throne, Kid Sister pops up on
the catchy ‘Do! Do! Do!’.
01. JAY WEED ‘On The Nile’ Grizzly
“Egyptian Lover meets the Cyber Pharaohs, Jay Weed does big things!”
02. DJ ERICK RINCON ‘La Bomba’ CDR
‘Just what a good 3ball guarachero track is — epico-dumb lyrics, stadiummelody and
funky tribal rhythm.”
03. DOUSTER ‘Punani (Arcade Remix)’ ESP
“Love how my boy Arcade’s built the whole thing — the bass is HUGE!”
04. DVA ‘Ganja’ Hyperdub
“The lead is so stoooopid, this is somewhere between stoned Dutch house and drunk
UK funky!”
05. VYBZ KARTEL FEAT POPCAAN & GAZA SLIM ‘Clarks’ Zj Chrome
“Ah weh yu get da new ‘Clarks’ deh, daddy? Perfect summer anthem.”
06. MARCUS PRICE & CARLI ‘Mat, Bira, Kvinnor, Weed (Kingdom
Remix)’ Palms Out Sound
“Sweden’s finest remixed by one of my faves. Heavy bass drumand diva voices are my
shit!”
07. TEKILATEX ‘Dinosaurs With Guns’ Sound Pellegrino
“Dinosaurs AND guns... what else could you ask for?”
08. TOK VS RISHI ROMERO ‘Defense vs African Forest (Mycon Deep
Refix)’ CDR
“When deep Dutch house meets dancehall, it has to be perfect!”
09. CROOKERS FEAT YELLE ‘Cooler Cooler (Douster Remix)’ Southern
Fried
“An innocent little remix that converts itself into a hard bubbling club masher.”
10, GYPTIAN & NICKI MINAJ ‘Hold Yuh (Remix)’ VP Records
“One of my favourite tunes of 2010, now with my favourite female rapper.”
DOUSTER ZZK RECORDS
Catch
Sinden on
Kiss 100
Thursday mornings 1-2am for more
bass-heavy
beats
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Forward Strategy Group
Group Code
Perc Trax
7.0
FSG is gaining a reputation for uncom-
promising techno, and ‘Code 1’ won’t do
it any harm. Dense, grainy offbeats and
mysterious textures are married on a
relentless loop workout. ‘Code 2’ is more
intense, with straighter beats but the
kind of distorted hammering rhythms
you’d usually hear in an iron foundry.
Donor Truss takes down the tempo and
intensity levels with a panning remix
of ‘Code 1’, while his edit returns to the
grubby techno explored on ‘Code 2’.
DJ Yoav B
Love Dubs
Delsin
7.0
Perhaps as a reaction against soulless
digital techniques, Israeli producer Yoav
B’s latest release tends towards raw,
freeform sounds. ‘Higher Love’ features
rough, dubby beats underpinning a
gnarly acid sequence, while the title
track goes further, focused on jazzy,
broken beats. However, the track
that yields the best results from this
approach is ‘Soul Surrender’. Featur-
ing mysterious riffs and a menacing
underlying bass, it builds up the kind
of eerie atmosphere that’s hard to get
from a laptop.
Morphosis
Musafr
MOS
7.0
Given that Rabih Beaini, aka Morphosis,
also records freeform music as Ra.H, it’s
not surprising that his latest missive
doesn’t follow a formula. The title track
marries Villalobos-style horns with a
pumped up Resse bassline to form a
menacing outcome. ‘Running Out’ is
less predictable: a repetitive squelchy
riff threatens to build into a demented
subsonic denouement, but just as it
threatens to get out of hand, Beaini
shifts the track’s arrangement to end
with a warm, bleepy sequence.
Syrinx
B.D.O.
Ann Aimee
7.0
One of the problems of making deep
techno is that too often the results
sound bland and over-polished. Here,
Syrinx just about gets the balance right:
the glistening synths on ‘Breakdown’
never lapse into faux-epic excess and
‘Outro’ is a gloriously melodic piece of
ambience. ‘Dubsequence’ steals the
honours though, its fltered, emotive
chords reminiscent of but not derivative
of classic Sterac releases like ‘Sitting On
Clouds’.
TR-One
Shit Ain’t Worth It
Pogo
7.0
The Pogo night in Dublin launches its
label with this impressive three-tracker.
TR-One had a great debut release a few
years back on Fine Art, but ‘Bombay’,
with its melancholy bass and layered
melodies, sounds more like the Durutti
Column fused with Chicago house. The
title track and ‘Sometime Again’ are
in keeping with TR-One’s deep techno
sounds, but both are understated,
with a focus on warm, live-sounding
basslines and lithe percussive
intricacies. An understated debut that
deserves your attention.
Demdike Stare
Forest Of Evil
Modern Love
8.0
Having released one of last year’s
best albums, Miles Whittaker and
Sean Canty‘s project returns with this
vinyl-only release. ‘Dusk’ starts with
half-heard muffed sounds and eerie
synths. There is a hint of playfulness
thanks to some bright chords, but then
a wall of feedback noise envelops the
arrangement. ‘Forest Of Dawn’ is even
spookier, with death-paced voodoo
drums and soupy psychedelic textures
fading, just as the night ends, only to
reveal a droning outro. Electronic music
rarely sounded so evil.
Claro Intelecto
Back in the Day
Modern Love
7.0
Thanks to the Daphne and Hate
projects, you’d be forgiven for thinking
that the Modern Love stable had relo-
cated to the old school. However, given
that Mark Stewart is behind the project,
it’s handled tastefully. A detuned
hardcore riff and evocative piano keys
merge with Mark’s hazy dub beats on
the title track. ‘New Life’, meanwhile,
features a lighter connection to the past
as playful house beats are intertwined
with a catchy, familiar sample that could
be lifted from an old acid house or pop
dance track.
Gerd
Friendly Fire
Clone
7.5
One of the most innovative producers
from the ‘90s Dutch techno scene makes
a welcome return. It sounds like Gerd
has mellowed out further and the title
track is based on irresistible woozy
synths and delightfully spaced out
jazzy keys. ‘Vibration’ is even more out
there, a late-night groove dominated
by a spooky organ sound. Like a slightly
more sinister take on Bodycode, it’s the
perfect counterpoint to the blissed out
title track.
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You Still Got Me
Daphne
6.0
The title track on the ffth
Daphne release doesn’t
offer much variation on
the series theme with
its Minnie Mouse vocals
and hardcore breaks.
However, ‘Got To Forget’
is much slower and more
atmospheric — a genuinely
beautiful piece of music.
Maayan Nidam
A Turnaround EP
Freak n’Chic
7.0
More widely known as Miss
Fitz, Nidam impresses with
these excellent stripped-
back drum tracks. ‘Perplex-
day’ features irresistible
vocal samples, while ‘The
Road To Recovery’ sounds
like Cobblestone Jazz if
they released on Perlon.
Alpha 606 & Sync
24
Lunar Passport
Cultivated Electronics
7.0
Alpha 606 from the Inter-
dimensional Transmission
label teams up with Sync
24 to deliver two breaking
electro tracks that are
sparse and stripped back,
but nonetheless teem with
depth and resonance.
Hutton Drive
Chord Memories
7th Sign
7.0
Domenic Capello’s release
has nothing to do with the
old Ian Pooley classic, but
its dubby beats and sad
keys combine with spiral-
ling acid lines to create a
memorable techno-house
track.
QUICKIES
Redshape
Red Pack
Present

8.0

This double-pack shows the same
diversity that made Redshape’s debut
album such a stellar affair. ‘Soylent
Red’ unfolds over rough breaks and
a menacing hardcore bass, while a
similarly malevolent fltered bass
dominates ‘Mucky Bones’, underpin-
ning dissected vocals. ‘Grind’ features
raw breaks copper-fastened to bleepy
sequences, while ‘Brick Brack’ and
‘Drama’ are tougher, their steely drums
creating streamlined DJ tracks. Only
the eerie, super-deep synth of ‘The Les-
son’ is redolent of the sound Redshape
emerged with, but now it forms part of
a far greater picture.
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01. MATT O’BRIEN ‘Dodaso (Schatrax Remix)’ Off-key Industries
“One of my favourite producers bringing the remix treatment to Off-Key. Heavy stuff.”
02. SKUDGE ‘Convolution’ Skudge
“Superb dub house builder fromthe mysterious Skudge crew. Essential.”
03. ERIK & FIEDEL ‘Let’s Git It On’ MMM
“‘Mentasm’ hoover madness – devastating stuff!”
04. MATT O’BRIEN ‘Into The Red’ Curle
“Some self-promotion. Peter Van Hoesen and Donato Dozzy on the fip.”
05. PANGAEA ‘5-HTP’ Hessle Audio
“Twisted, druggy, wonky dubstep. Nice.”
06. FRANCO CANGELLI ‘When They Come’ Mowar
“Sublime Detroit-inspired techno fromthe Mowar label boss.”
07. REGGIE DOKES ‘Until Tomorrow EP’ Royal Oak
“Another great EP of masterly Detroit house cuts.”
08. JACKMASTER CURT ‘Real Fresh’ Jiszack Master Records
“Proper back in the day jacking acid business.”
09. TEVO HOWARD ‘Crystal Republic’ Hour House Is Your Rush
“Classic sounding emotive Chicago house.”
10. 2 BAD MICE ‘Waremouse’ Moving Shadow
“Old school rave monster. Nearly 20 years old and still sounding fresh.”
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QUICKIES

Total Science & SPY
Gangsta/Above The
Clouds
Shogun Audio
5.5
Harsh Armageddon chords
reminiscent of Adam F’s
‘Metropolis’, a soldier
battalion skipping beat
and ominous vibes conjure
impending doom. Flailing
hands in the darkness.
Heist
Mothership/Unicron
Sumo Beatz
6.5
The Darth Vader sample
is the best bit in this. The
rest, like the loud broken-
leg break and mish-mash
of bass fury, seems
disjointed.
Original Sin & Tax-
man
Back For More/Eva-
sion (Remix VIP)
Image
5.5
Porn d&b, with an aroused
female speech introduction
giving way to an orgasm
of rippling bass, folding
and futtering over a nutty,
dusty break.
Utah Jazz
Quincy/Pharcyde VIP
Quincy
7.5
A cool dreamy encounter
into hip-hop past, as
calming piano, polished
‘Think’ break and relaxing
violin introduce an organ
riff as used on the classic
Pharcyde piece ‘Passin’
Me By’.
Sensai & Heist/Dr
Dub
Interrogate/Afraid
Calypso Muzak
6.0
Slightly tear-out by
numbers to be honest, a
cymbal-ridden chattering
drum lays the foundation
for vocal statements at
8-bar ends and a gabba
gurning bass chunder.
Subfocus
Splash feat Coco/Timewarp VIP/
Splash (Rusko Remix)/Coming
Closer VIP
Ram
8.5
It’s not necessarily the A-side here that
grabs me by the proverbials, although
with appealing sung lyrics and an
incredible build-up to a neat and tidy
dancer it’s likely to get more attention.
All bass addicts should however steer
their Hummers to the ‘Timewarp’ VIP
mix, where a combination of nerve-
tautening synth high notes and slurping
guttural bass blurbs combine in quick
succession — galloping over a zombie
psycho-disco rhythm and bubbly, joyful
vibes. Heads high.
Capone
Back To Detroit/On The Wheels/
What I Do/Fly Away
Test
9.0
A strong and forthright set where
every piece shines bright in its own
right. ‘Back To...’ is the sort of unfailing
chocolate boom sponge the man Dillinja
is revered for, and my favourite ‘On The
Wheels’ features an MC that gees you up
for a satisfying release of stamping fat
lady mud-wrestling. Then ‘What I Do’ is a
supercharged peak of the night skipper
that generates atomic energy levels,
and ‘Fly Away’ is an anthemic soulful
roller. The shit.
Nu:Tone
Hyper Hyper/Set Me Free
Hospital
9.0
Generates electricity like a Sim-City
power grid where an instantly recogniz-
able convulsing electro riff during the
intro is a delight to mix with and sparks
you into action as soon as it drops.
Clean, polished quality with a subtle
peppering of dirt through a gruff “Get
hyper” voice stab. Once it begins in
earnest we dare you not to bounce as a
playful, bubbling bass, mischievously
musical bleeps and old skool drum flls
complete the baking of this delicious
cake.
Pendulum
Watercolour (Mixes)
Immersion
9.0
This particular release reminds me of the
work outputted by Concord Dawn (what
the hell happened to them?) a few years
back, where maudlin, soulful male lyrics
elevate the proceedings gradually up to
critical bass intensity. Superb slightly
vocodered soul singing mixes perfectly
with stages of mellow but manic music
complete with bleepy android concert
keys and high-energy drops. A perfect
example of how d&b can simultaneously
be both palatable music as well as a
surreal, wholesome bass fx.
Serum
Souped Up/Push It
Co-Lab
8.5
One with a good groove embedded
deeply within, like veins of high-grade
gold glowing bright within boulders of
craggy granite. Much like output from
the Full Cycle crew at their fnest, the
attraction here is the back to basics
combination of an elevating bass
progression that instantly addicts
and attracts as it encircles and coils
around a drum break that could only be
produced by someone who has a deeply
entrenched knowledge of hip-hop
percussion. Raw value ore.
Disaszt & Infame/Camo &
Crooked
Oh My Dear (Body & Soul
Remix)/Vampires (Phetsta
Remix)
Mainframe
7.5
Preferred the original, I was just
knocked sideways by the way its cheeky-
chappy helium voice loop of the title
combines with enfolding waves of sheer
bass power. This version has been tech’d
up a little, where rising pitch zooms and
malfunction mania pulses with ferocity.
Flip over for a treat where a Technique
Recordings stablemate awards us with
a half-step smasher, with a gurgling
beautiful bass and foor friendly vibes.
Taxman
Dreamland/Acid
Liq-Weed Ganja
8.0
Those that reminisce over the early Good
Looking catalogue should purchase this
one without question. Like an up to date
cross between the seminal ‘Drift To The
Centre’ and Photek’s ‘Dolphin Tune’ with
a bit of Goldie’s ‘Sea Of Tears’ thrown
in for good measure, this is a euphoric
mélange of furiously rinsed Amen,
soothing dolphin calls, waves lapping
against a shore, traditional 808 boom
bass and retro Moog keyboard chords.
Camo & Krooked/Netsky
Turn Up The Music/Memory Lane
Hospital
7.5
Not your de-rigeur tempo here, but it’s
Hospital, Camo & Krooked and it’s great.
A crisp celery snap vivacious drum
relaxes and invigorates while original
‘Ten City’-style Detroit garage house
vibes elevate your hands on a refex
basis. Enjoy the male, almost gospel-
soul-style vocal chants while a classic
retro rave-style riff joyfully hypnotises
and the odd key splash and cool breeze
chord add interest. Relief rocker.
Bassnectar
Basshead/Teleport Massive
(Bassnectar Remix)
Basshead

9.0
Bass nirvana. The sort of piece
that — when played loud and
you’re slightly worse for wear
— makes you instantly lose the
capacity for coherent speech,
reducing you to a gibbering,
appreciative wreck! Stomped
out at half speed and an instant
crowd pleaser possibly for the
start of a set, ‘Basshead’ is a series
of crazy bass grumbles, burps,
folds and serrations interspersed
with a robotic “Basshead!”
announcement. A comical
earthquake plodding slime beast
in a foul, stinking mood.
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01. CAMO & KROOKED AND BODY & SOUL ‘The Big Rush’ Nasca Records
“Brand new highly energetic collab with ourselves and the acclaimed Camo & Krooked.”
02. DAVIP & ENCODE ‘Vamonos’ Breed 12 Inches
“Hard hitting future funk mayhemfromtwo upcoming Russian producers.”
03. BODY & SOUL ‘Brave New World’ Nasca
“Electro infuenced swing beat triplet tune keeping the fun factor on max ‘til the
very end.”
04. CAMO & KROOKED ‘Turn Up The Music’ Hospital
“One of the most beautiful minimal techno infuenced drum& bass tunes ever.”
05. DISASZT, TENCHU, KOS ‘Raise It Up’ Big Riddim
Brutal three o’ clock in the morning rave anthem. Kills it each and every time.”
06. BODY & SOUL AND FOURWARD ‘Comply To The Rules’ Nasca Records
“Stripped down nasty and raw neuro-funk banger forthcoming in summer 2010.”
07. NOISIA & FOREIGN BEGGARS ‘Shellshock’ Vision
“Absolutely breathtaking breakbeat madness fromthe No.1 production outft.”
08. ED RUSH & OPTICAL ‘Get Ill (Prolix Remix)’ Virus
“The original is already a classic. The remix absolutely takes it to another crazy level.”
09. BODY & SOUL AND FOURWARD ‘Waiting’ Nasca
“Another Austrian collab bringing back the vibes of the legendary Bad Company times
around 2001.”
10. NOISIA & PHACE ‘Floating Zero’ Invisible
“Very inspiring techy infuenced minimal roller.”
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Mutiny
Tell U Something
Lucky Break
8.0
Enter… the dragon. Loving the neo-
Chinese twirling ‘n’ chiming strings in
the intro before a burbling b-line and
slippy-slidey garagey beats enter the
fray. The near-madrigal chimings really
give the track a jolly, exotic feel and
make me want to go to China again —
or at least the circus. Afghan Headspin
max out the Chinese feel in the frst
section of their mix, before big bastard
break-steppa beats and heavy wobble-
board bass nice up the dance. Spyke
from France goes the bassline house
route superbly, and label chiefs Jack
Stat take it dutty dubstep.
Slyde
Move Ya Body
Slybeats
8.0
The Slyde guys return with a saucy slab
of electro sleaze. These party-rockers
never seem to fail to do the biz, and
‘Move Ya Body’ will certainly achieve
its aim on the foors. Lashings of funk,
hints of disco, a slice of hip-hop vocal-
ising and a carefree big beat abandon,
the original here is a sure-fre winner.
Their own ‘Rolla Mix’ employs more
wobbly bassline undertow, while
Dirty Moolah from New York turns in a
wicked Ramirez-y electro party funker.
2D
All That Ska
Resin
7.5
Resin Records have been quiet for a
while now, but this is a timely return
— just in time for the festival season.
‘All That Ska’ is yer typical feelgood
ska-dub piece: nothing revolutionary,
but predicated on the conscious skank
that makes a horny, festie frenzy piece
such as this so infectious. Rimshots,
delays, sirens and the rocksteady —
this is natty bizness, fo’sho. ‘Kinda
Jazz’ is a twangy freeform nu-funk cut
that’s kinda Red Snapper in a smoke-
flled basement on cognac.
Kultur & Columbo
Kissing The Funk EP
iBreaks
7.0
These Spaniards have quickly shot
to the apex of the Spanish scene by
virtue of some top-notch produc-
tions and party-rocking DJ sets. They
became the frst Spanish act to top the
Beatport breaks chart recently, and
this looks set to do well for them, too.
Not too heavy, ‘Blow Me’ is a slab of
nuskool funk overlain with a tongue-
twisting hip-hop vocal, while ‘1, 2, 3,
Breakbeat’ is an electro groove-steppa
for breakers to throw down to.
Freefow45
Nuskool Detention/
Spook Busted
Bombtraxx
7.0
Dom Sweeten, who’s also
released on various hard
dance labels in other
guises throughout the
noughties, comes with
a whistle-possé nuskool
sidewinder, backed by a
zippy electronic burbler.
Perpetual Present
The Message
Acidphonic
7.0
Stompy squat party acid
breakbeat darkside bizness
emanating outta east
London, dripping with
volcanic, molten lava funk
(possibly from Iceland).
Kouncilhouse
Demons
Cablestone
7.5
Slower breathy original
from the home counties
homeboy, about 128bpm,
with tasty female vocal,
turned into a half-steppa
dubbed-out thang by
Circuit Breaker.
Destroyers & Agre-
sivnes
Picklock (Bill Vega &
New Decade Remix)
Electroshok
8.0
‘Ardkore! These guys know
the score when it comes to
injecting tunes with poi-
sonous hardcore energy.
Deep still, and with ‘real’
breakbeats, too.
NAPT
Fuck Critics/Narcotics
Funkatech

9.0

Fuck you as well, NAPT! Fuck you for
being the new poster boys of break-
beat. Fuck you for winning all those
Breakspoll awards. And fuck you for
being such hard-working, excellent
producers — and DJs, come to think
of it. It’s probably more a gener-
alised call out to haters that the
hip-hop vocals are on about here
— over kick-ass rasping electronic
breakbeat — but this music journo
won’t be kissing this unnamed MC’s
ass, as I always do seem to like
NAPT’s shit. Bastards. ‘Narcotics’,
meanwhile, is a fucked-up jump-up
squelch-a-thon that Paul Woolford
would be delighted with.
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Leuce Rhythms
Headroot (Your Love)
Scarcity
7.5
The original here’s quite a straightfor-
ward electro-breaks missive that stabs
repeatedly like a deranged woodpeck-
er. This Leeds kru have got it going
on, and we’ll be hearing a lot more of
‘em. Leuce lips sink ships. The Retroid
mix sends it into the realms of ‘real’
electro, all bodypoppin’ clicks and old
skool synth before dubious trance-y
futters join the fray. Germany’s
B-Phreak supplies the defnitive mix
for peak-time foors, staccato electro
stabs working overtime and offset
by plentiful use of the classic housey
female vocal to keep it accessible.
Dreadzone
Gangster
Dubwiser
7.0
The next single taken from Dread-
zone’s ‘Eye On The Horizon’ is a
conscious warning about the merits —
or not — of trying to be a gangster in
the ‘hood. The original’s quite poppy,
but the Pyramid guys turn it into a sick
pulveriser that uses rave synths almost
akin to Pendulum. Not sure about the
‘Teddy Bears’ Picnic’ reference but
otherwise MC Spee and Earl 16’s sweet
rhymes are offset by the production
mayhem, while The Trolley Snatcha
remix utilises Uzis and lethal dubstep
bizzle.
Eight: Ball
Preconception
Big Square
6.0
Seb Taylor is otherwise known as
Digitalis, who used to release psy-
tinged breakbeat on labels like Sinister
and Sound Of Habib. Eight: Ball is his
breaks project with vocalist Natasha
Chamberlain, and although ‘Precon-
ception’ isn’t really doing anything
new — sounds like Smithmonger from
fve years ago — it just passes through
the net as an early doors DJ tool.
Kickfip introduces elastic beats and
a scything bass undertow for a tastier
treat, and Metroboy — aka Ben from
Ben & Lex — turns in a nice lengthy
minimal opus.
The Analogeeks
Lose My Head/Subconscience
En:Vision
7.5
A corrosive angle-grinding bass is
soon joined by big bastard beats and
an almost psy-trance 303. Then comes
the vocal sample from Grandmaster
Flash’s ‘The Message’ — “Don’t push
me ‘cos I’m close to the edge” — and
the snakes are really let loose. You
can see why Future Funk Squad signed
this to his label: it’s a dirty, far too
loud beast for the great outdoors.
‘Subconscience’ retains a similarly
dirty feel, but isn’t nearly so attractive
— apart from the Justice-y bit in the
breakdown.

01. KRAFTy KuTS FEAT DJ ASSAuLT ‘Shake Them Hips (Drumsound
Bassline Mix)’ ATG
“Funky electro banger with a heavy d&b mix.”
02. KRAFTy KuTS FEAT SPoRTy o ‘Let’s Go Let’s Ride’ ATG
“A hint of dubstep, a touch of disco and some dirty bass.”
03. TiM HEALEy & CALvERTRoN ‘Back To The Ghetto (Krafty Kuts
Remix)’ Surfer Sofa Records
“A cheeky little bass shaker with some crazy chords.”
04. yEAH yEAH yEAHS ‘Heads Will Roll (A-Trak Mix/icey Re-Rub)’ CDR
“Massive tune given the DJ Icey treatment.”
05. LEE MoRTiMER & FoAMo ‘Superman (Krafty Kuts Re-Rub)’ CDR
“Disco breaks and a quirky hip-hop vocal with a ridiculous bassline.”
06. SuB FoCuS ‘Rock it (A.Skillz Remix)’ CDR
“A.Skillz gives this winner another lease of life.”
07. NERo ‘Electron’ MTA Records
“Love this electro d&b favour.”
08. GRAMoPHoNEDziE ‘Why Don’t you (Krafty Kuts Re-Rub)’ CDR
“Wicked jazzy beats and licks, all given a Krafty workout.”
09. AFRoJACK ‘Daft Sound (Krafty Kuts Re-Rub)’ CDR
“Does the trick!”
10. DJ FRESH & ADAM F ‘Hip-Hop’ Breakbeat Kaos
“Destroys — full stop!”
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01. Rusko ‘Woo Boost’ White
“This track drops like a teenager’s jaw when checking his frst ever porno mag!”
02. Rusko feat LudacRis ‘How Low (Jehovah’s Refx/dJ stylez
Blend)’ White
“Dirtiest dubstep version out there.”
03. Big Boi ‘shutterbug’ Def Jam
“Big Boi fows over this infectious beat to provide an unrivalled combination.”
04. suB focus ‘could this Mash up Be Real? (Richie don & RM 4am
Refx)’
4am sessions CDR
“A cheeky mash up of the awesome club banger.”
05. RiHanna ‘Rude Boy (tc Refx)’ Island/Def Jam
“TC turns this ladies antheminto a dancefoor destroyer.”
06. LetHaL BizzLe feat Luciana ‘go go go’ Search & Destroy
“Luciana adds her unique sound to this monster beat.”
07. exaMpLe ‘kick start (Wideboys Remix)’ Data Records
“The legendary Wideboys make over this summer’s festival anthem.”
08. afRoJack ‘zeggie’ White
“Lil Wayne’s ‘A Milli’ gets royally Afrojacked!”
09. VaniLLa ace ‘Bebe Bash’ White
“A full favour powerplay.”
10. kano ‘pass out freestyle’ Jack Bauer Mixtape
“Kano adds his twist on Tinie Tempah’s 2010 anthem.”
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party rocking. Tim Green drops a house
bomb and Cassius remaster the original
to complete the release.
MJ cole
Riddim EP
Prolifc Recordings
9.5
Always ahead of the game, Matt Cole-
man gets mucky in the studio on four
exclusive new cuts — ‘Flux’, ‘Phoenix’,
‘Thekla’ and the aptly-named ‘Volcano’
riddims all feature. MJ has been DJing
around the world of late, and this is
crystallised here with snippets of tech-
house, Dutch beats, US bass, future
garage and UK funky percussion, all of
which erupt out of the speaker with no
muddy ash.
sRc
Going Out
Rwina
8.0
Super Riddim Creator is the guise of Bir-
mingham native Ricardo Carrido, who
has been using classic Mario samples
to put together grimy anthems for the
past year or so, which you would have
heard on a wide range of Rinse FM shows
and most recently on Mary Anne Hobbs’
Radio 1 Experimental show. ‘Going Out’
is like an 8-bit version of Joker’s ‘Purple
City’, real smooth synths and acoustic
percussion not normally found in grime.
This is the debut release of a trio he
has forthcoming via Glaswegian outft
Numbers and grime’s premier label No
Hats No Hoods, so he is defnitely one to
watch this year. Don’t sleep on ‘Sort Of A
Start’ on the fip.
Rude kid
Screwdriver
No Hats No Hoods
5.0
Following the success of the ‘Jack
Daniels EP’, and his instrumental compi-
lation ‘Are You Ready’, Rude Kid follows
up quickly with a sign of what is coming
in the near future. Screwdriver is the
happy medium between his danceable
‘Jack Daniels’ style, and his bass heavier
‘Electric’ style. It has the characteristics
of a typical dubstep tune but still retains
the shuffes that make Rude Kid’s tracks
stand out. Hopefully his future material
doesn’t fall into the pit of wobble and
noisy dubstep that is already getting
tiresome, and he can continue to make
original exciting music again.
teddy & g.tank
Lunch Box
Underground Unit
6.0
Rinse FM’s Teddy (formerly known as
DJ Silencer) collaborates with G.Tank
on their frst pre-album release ‘Lunch
Box’, which is a collection of tracks that
didn’t make the album. The let down
with this compilation is there isn’t
any collaborations between the two
East Londoners, but there are gems in
‘Travelodge’ and ‘Final Lap vs Wizard’.
It’s the usual skippy 140 bpm heavily
hip-hop-infuenced style, reminiscent of
Swizz Beats in the ’90s. If you like Teddy,
you will like this, but there is nothing
‘new’. Watch out for their album ‘Ghana-
ian Fire’ dropping later in the year.
dJ spooky
Murderer
Oil Gang
7.0
East London’s Spooky has the pleasure
of being the opening release on the
newly formed Oil Gang label, and he
opens it with a cracker in ‘Murderer’. The
last release Spooky had was ‘Joyride’
which sampled dancehall classic ‘Yuh
Nuh Ready Fi Dis Yet’, and he goes
back to his roots again by sampling
Barrington Levy’s ‘Murderer’, bringing
it up-to-date for a version that grime
and dubstep fans will love. Catch the
Iron Gates remix on the B side which has
been battered by all the grime DJs.
fiskin vs pied piper
Do You Really Like It
2010 Megamix
White
7.0
Chart-topping MC track
from way back when gets a
cheeky mash-up treatment
from Fiskin, perfect for the
two-step sing-a-long crew.
alexisk
The Death Of Every-
thing Cool
Permanent Damage
6.5
Female producer from
New Zealand specialising
in dubstep, shows big
promise, with crossover
garage fex on this tidy,
well-produced EP. Nice.
guido
You Do It Right
Punch Drunk
7.0
The Bristol native Guido
picks up where producers
such as Davinche, Rapid
and Wiley left off, and
composes some really
magical drum work. The
bassline and hook is unfor-
gettable, catch this on his
album ‘Anidea’, out soon.
Wiley
Name Drop
Eskibeat
6.0
Eskiboy back to his grime
beginnings: simple catchy
fows over a classic Wiley
production. It’s all in the
snares with this one.
Lady chann
Sticky Situation
Girls Music
8.0
Awesome new signing to Sheffeld
producer Toddla T’s heavyweight imprint
Girls Music. Chann fuses her hard-hitting
dancehall, soca, r&b grime chatting
with tight clarity over UKG original
don Sticky’s crisp, breaky two-step
production. With music, timing is always
paramount, and cleverly reminiscent
of the Ms Dynamite ‘Booo!’ days, this
sounds remarkably fresh for 2010.
Toddla hooks up with Seiji on the remix
to add a carnival bass vibe that will be
tearing up clubs and festivals over the
summer. Also check ‘Eyes Too Fast’ for
another belter.
tV Rock
In The Air (A1 Bassline Remix)
Data Records
7.0
Mega house producers from down under
craft a peak-time house bomb. In steps
A1 Bassline to bring some quirky, funky
subs to the mix. Opting to use the full
sung chorus and retriggered synth riff
from the original, A1 switches the drop
into a fltered squelch over furious funky
percussion and pitched-down vocal
stabs. Keeping the overall mix quite
spacious and progressive, this is not one
of his most heavy b-line efforts, but still
works foors nicely.
cassius
99 (Reset Remix)
Cassius Records
8.0
Pioneering French house duo Zdar &
Bombass get the rights back to their
classic crossover smash, and boy, are
we glad. Handpicking two fresh and
enthusiastic remixers really adds a dif-
ferent twist of frepower to this timeless
classic. Reset from Milan get twisted and
dirty, chopping, slicing and dicing the
samples into an Italian slice of ecstatic
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project
Genesis EP
Spoilt Rotten
9.0


One half of the original Delinquent
team, Mike returns with a solo name
and solo effort, dropping a four-
tracker of extreme bass pleasure.
Consisting of ‘Stampede’, ‘Lick it
From the Top’, ‘The Warning’ and
‘Dancehall’, we are treated to a mash-
up of mainly instrumental dubstep,
funky and 4x4 vibes with a few choice
vocal snippets. Stamping his mark on
the EP from the off, this defnes the
next chapter in the MDP story.
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power to them both. For those that
devoured Blake’s ‘Air And Lack Thereof’
on Hemlock last year, this will moisten
the deepest parts of your disenfran-
chised soul.
DJ Madd
Flex’d (Ikonika Remix)
Boka
6.0
A favourite DJ Madd tune of mine, the
surprisingly light and sultry ‘Flex’d’
gets offset and detuned by Hyperdub’s
Ikonika, delicately installing some
trademark bleeps and building a trancey
mood with silky shades of synth. Pleas-
ant enough. DJ Madd returns on the
fip with Detroit Skank, a pumping four
to the foor steppa, all fltered synths,
Jah horns and a heavyweight rolling
bassline. Again, pleasant enough.
Dom HZ
Mist
Open Earz
6.0
This plucky bunch of rascals are steadily
knocking out solid 12” nuggets, and
have now clocked up their third release
with this ditty from Dom HZ. A keen
purveyor of atmospherics, the title track
hits a fush streak with its enchantingly
melancholic refrain that gives way to a
butcher’s rack of meaty weight. ‘Eleva-
tor Skank’ reaches for the tissues after a
vigorous wank to smooth jazz’s greatest
hits and ‘Without You’ straddles the two
styles with a rousing vocal to boot.
01. Mono/poly ‘oil Fields’ Fat City
“The true sound of a mouth trumpet summer.”
02. JaMes Blake ‘CMyk’ R&S
“More serene composition fromBlake.”
03. Blawan ‘Iddy’ Hessle Audio
“New heat fromBlawan’s debut Hessle 12”.”
04. V/a ‘Tropical Heat Vol 1’ Myor
“Slugabed, Mesak and Nino ride to the very pinnacle of awesome hip-hop.”
05. MounT kIMBIe ‘Maybes (James Blake Remix)’ Hotfush
“Blake shatters apart Kimbie’s breakthrough, re-staining it a fragrant orange hue.”
06. GuIDo ‘Mad sax’ Punch Drunk
“May as well be called ‘Mad Sex’, given the facial reactions this one’s getting…”
07. XI ‘Ghost’ Orca Recordings
“First platter fromthe Orca imprint frames XI’s drumfunk perfectly.”
08. V/a ‘astro:Dynamics’ Astro:Dynamics
“New compilation of next-level beats.”
09. RaMaDanMan ‘Glut’ Hemlock
“Mr Kennedy happily turning his woodpecker percussion up to 11 on this one...”
10. eleVen TIGeRs ‘Clouds are Mountains’ Soul Motive
“Illustrious debut LP fromLithuanian producer Eleven Tigers.”
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Phantom Papers EP
Immerse
8.0
There is defnite sonic character in much
of Finland’s dubstep illuminati — both
Clouds and Desto have it — but that
subtle melancholy is more appar-
ent than most in Lauri Ampuja aka
Late’s richly emotive music. Obvious
comparisons with Burial will give those
too lazy to probe deeper a steer, but the
intricate beat play, melodic textures and
inquisitive, often pensive, mood is very
much his own. Another lovely 12 from
a label fervently pushing open-minded
dubstep.
Ital Tek
Moments In Blue EP
Planet Mu
6.0
I’ve always viewed Ital Tek as a bit of an
oddity. The Brighton based producer
has never taken off but clearly has a
hard core of fans who slavishly follow
his sounds. Now, this might be down to
a discography of homogenous dubstep
come electronica beats, but his new
album is really rather good. This remix
EP sees the bleep droid Ikonika and odd
bot Falty DL reshuffe the loops with
assured fnesse.
Dan le sac Vs scroobius pip
Sick Tonight
Sunday Best
5.0
More acerbic social commentary from
Pip Sac as Sick Tonight regurgitates
Bless Beats feat
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Let It Go (True Tiger
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Island
5.0
I wouldn’t have put this lot
together on one record, let
alone feed it through the
dubstep meat grinder, but
hey, TT do a half-decent job.
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Cherry Moon
Brainfeeder
7.0
Awkward, sombre and me-
lodically eloquent, this new
single from Fly Lo’s imprint
will delight dedicated fans
and draw more to the cause.
emika
Double Edge
Ninja Tune
8.5
Like a breath of salty sea air,
Pinch blows through with a
devastatingly fresh remix,
straight back to dubstep’s
roots.
alexis k
Death Of Everything
Cool
Permanent Damage
2.0
Not many labels can boast
an address in Bermuda.
Still, just because it’s sunny
doesn’t mean you should
put out records. Very little to
commend.
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Lilt/I Love ’04
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When not pumping out
releases on his own
Immerse imprint, Adam
Kidkut Jackson also pens
the odd danceable jig, and
this one’s been picked up
by fellow Bristolian, Apple-
blim, for his sublime Ap-
plepips label. ‘I Love 04’ is
a bastard of a track, an odd
calamity melting classic JB
breakbeats with pastiche
hardcore/jungle synths
and a restrained mid range
wobble. Utterly addictive.
‘Lilt’ is the opposite: all
fuid percussive groove and
housey references. Utterly
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around a whirling cacophony of break-
beats, whilst Great Britain develops
into a decidedly cheeky electro nodule.
Relevant remixes come from Doctor
P, whose obvious narcoleptic attacks
only seem to happen when he’s set his
clown dial to 11. Mumdance decides
a head nodding future garage cut will
suffce, and Sampha chips in the most
interesting effort with a quasi-cosmic
boogie rub.
Todd edwards
I Might Be
Scion A/V
5.0
Ahhhh, the ole cut-up merchant is back!
A God to some, an undeniable master
beatmaker, sadly the 4/4 garage king
returns with a pretty average vocal
cut. Not the second coming, Jesus can
rest easy. To show the UK they’re no
slouches, Scion enlists golden balls Joy
Orbison on remix duties, which produces
a pretty tasteful bump. MJ Cole ditto,
thankfully leaving the grimier funky 4/4
he’s been pumping out recently on the
hard drive.
James Blake
CMYK
R&S
7.0
I’m never really surprised when a promo
CD from a major label comes infected
with a noisy dubstep remix, but I am
surprised when a legendary techno
label plucks a twisted soul-smith like
James Blake from dubstep’s furthest
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01. Ben Gold ‘Sapphire (Trance Mix)’ Garuda
“A stunning club track with some ludicrously large build-ups.”

02. GareTh eMery ‘Global’ Godskitchen
“One of the offcial tunes of this year’s Global Gathering.”

03. FaiThleSS ‘not Going home (eric Prydz remix)’ Nates Tunes
“Incredible breakdown and atmosphere.”

04. Paul van dyk ‘We are one (Giuseppe ottaviani remix)’ Vandit
“This is pure PvD.”

05. SaSha & eMerSon ‘Scorchio (Pulser’s naughty remix)’ CDR
“This surely never-to-be-released bootleg remix is brilliantly made.”

06. adaM k ‘Complicated’ Hotbox Digital
“Chunky house with a superb Wippenberg-esque riff.”

07. Jon o’Bir ‘out of Touch’ Garuda
“We’re pushing a lot of UK talent on Garuda.”

08. andy Moor FeaT Carrie SkiPPer ‘She Moves’ AVA
“Brilliant progressive trance record.”

09. PulSer ‘Broken universe (M.i.k.e. remix)’ Garuda
“Originally on my ‘The Sound Of Garuda’ CD in November.”

10. neneS & PaSCal Feliz ‘Platinum (Ben Gold remix)’ CDR
“Amazing bootleg of an amazing track.”
Gareth emery Garuda
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Time To Die
Anjunabeats
4.0
You have to raise an eyebrow at any re-
release of the McGuiness Brothers’ ‘Time
To Die’ that comes minus Seraque’s
speaker-blistering ’06 remix. Raise the
second eyebrow (the expression now
full-blown surprise) when the immeas-
urably inferior Silvester rework does get
a starting line-up spot. Both the new
Anjunabeats and Merlin remixes have
a few moments, but sound like they
were produced halfway through the last
decade. Ho-hum.
The Thrillseekers
Savanna
ASOT
7.5
In its original form ‘Savanna’ is the total
antithesis of The Thrillseekers last single
- the club-energizing ‘City Of Angels’.
Whilst instrumental, it has much more
in common with ‘05’s ‘By Your Side’,
with a great deal of its bittersweet brood
coming via its poignant lead guitar.
Proving the Ying to the original’s Yang,
Daniel Wanrooy’s mix is a skilfully-
judged club-port and also cleverly fnds
a Balearic infection to the guitar.
Boom Jinx & andrew Bayer
So It Goes/By All Means
Anjunabeats
8.0
The ultra-melodics that Boom Jinx
trades in are admittedly easy on the ear,
but many producers work with similar
sounds, without approaching the same
quality level. Here, alongside Andrew
Bayer, both the ocean-lapping tropics
of ‘By All Means’ and the calling female
harmonies of ‘So It Goes’ feld high-
calibre riffs. It’s the multilayered quality
of their underlying production that
really makes them soar, though.
icone
Hyperspace
Flux Delux
6.5
There must be something in the air;
June defnitely seems to be a month
for the uplifting stuff. Nit-pickers may
say ‘Hyperspace’ has a few sound parts
that could have been fresher. The vast
majority of it, though (including, most
critically, the main-line), has plenty
going on in the originality stakes. Add
to that the rapacious drive behind the
track, and it should ensure explosive
results on the majority trance-foors.
Scott Mac
Damager 02
Captivating
8.5
My all-time favourite tech-trancer,
‘Damager 02’ managed to marry the
frebrand culture of the sub-genre
with (shock-horror) a clever hook and
some genuine production groove. W&W
(inevitably perhaps) lose a bit of the
bounce factor, but manage to work in a
cool new melodic drop and purposefully
ferce payoff to their remix equation.
Way out West
The Gift (Michael Woods Remix)
Deconstruction
8.5
Many will look at the words Michael
Woods and ‘The Gift’ and commence
an unconscious brain-slaver. Artisan
remix talents such as his are usually
Who is
We Are
White
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currently shielding the two
name producers behind
‘We Are’. The kind of track
that labels used to do
bloody battle over. Huge!
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Different World
Loverush
7.0
Shelley Harland on vocals,
and another top-notch
Loverush UK release. Emo-
tive, sun-splashed, and
with a clever production
kick-up just at the critical
moment.
robbie nelson
Shangri-La
Crashing Waves
8.0
‘Aviator’, Nelson’s last,
was a grower, but this is
just instantaneous. Tense,
nagging riffs, voracious
production and a great
line in Eastern-sounding
vocals.
overexposed and/or worn out after 10
years. Through some judicious work
choices, Woods has dodged that bullet,
and here perfectly refreshes the WOW
foor-favourite.
ally Brown
Prejudice
CGI
7.0
At the more visceral end of this month’s
fare, ‘Prejudice’ kicks off with running
Jules-favoured basslines, and a haunt-
ing four-note intro riff. It builds up into
a big euphoric beastie in the break and
then just as quickly drops back into its
thunder-some bassline. Liam Melly’s mix
produces similar results.
Fred Baker Pres Saona
Saona
Magik Muzik
7.5
Fred Baker… there have been some
crimes. Not least his ‘Children’ ‘remake’
from a few years back -— ouch! When
he gets it right though, he can of course
get it ‘Mystery Land’ right. Saona, with
its chilled, beatifc riffs (that kindle
real emotion) is far closer to that end.
Andy Duguid gives both the tempo and
euphoric-o-meter a notable nudge on
his mix, to fair effect.
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Miikka leinonen
Exordium
Fraction

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I’m trying to recall the last trance
track that got my blood pumping
to the same degree as ‘Exordium’.
There certainly hasn’t been one this
year. Leinonen might have a bit of
an on/off approach to trance (this is
his frst in two years), but when he
pays out, he pays out big. ‘Exordium’
daisy-chains furiously catchy
chord progressions and suffusing
pads with a fawless, unfinchingly
euphoric riff and then lets it all rip
with mercury-popping results.
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ANDY WHITBY AWSUM
Phil York vs Technikal
The Ritual
BK Remix
10
This is a rare collaboration between two
leaders of the UK hard trance scene with
the original fusing Phil’s European style
and Alf’s UK favours to magnifcent
effect. BK is up on the remix to deliver
one of his best in a long time, stripping
things down into a tech-trance oriented
beast with a euphoric strong lead break-
down and a chunky electro-infuenced
drop.
Anne Savage vs Lisa Lashes
Release Me
Siren Trax
9.0
The two leading ladies of the hard dance
scene head back into the studio after re-
cent anthems such as ‘You’re Not Alone’
for a release on Anne’s Siren Trax label.
This time, they take things down a more
tech-oriented route with an infectious
vocal and dirty bassline, all overlaid
on top of chunky tech beats. Big remix
package on this one as well from Organ
Donors, Bexta and Dumb Blonde.
Wragg & Log:One
Necrosis
Atmosphere
8.0
South-west duo Wragg &
Log:One have quickly risen
to the top of the hard trance
scene and this is one of their
best productions to date.
Ramp
Feel The Thunder
(Vortex Remix)
Kiddfectious Digital
7.0
Danish newcomer Ramp
has been impressing with
his hardstyle beats recently
and Vortex adds an extra
dimension to make things
shine even brighter. This is a
big vocal hardstyle anthem.
Weapon X
For The Haters
Enzyme
8.0
Original artist from the
Enzyme hardcore crew in
Holland steps up with a
four-track EP of blistering yet
melodic gabber beats.
Headhunterz &
Brennan Heart
The MF Point Of
Perfection
Scantraxx

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Two of the leading artists in the Dutch
hardstyle scene have collaborated
to produce a new concept within the
harder styles — dubstyle! The vocal
on the track poses the question:
when music reaches its pinnacle, it
can evolve no further. Has hardstyle
reached it peak, and if so, is it time for
a new era? The track then drops into
a sick acid line with what can only be
described as a dubstep arrangement
of beats with a hardstyle drum kit. As
odd as it may sound in print, it sounds
awesome and goes off in the clubs.
Organ Donors
The Drum
Audio Surgery
9.0
The loveable pranksters of the harder
styles are back again. Rocking at a
steady 135bpm, this track builds in
percussion, with a defnite tech-trance
vibe. But don’t let this put you off if you
are into the harder stuff, as when this
drops it’s almost like savage minimal
hardstyle — if such a thing could exist.
It still fts perfectly into the techier vibe
built earlier, meaning this would still be
peak-time fodder for the trancier DJ.
Faction-G
Bouncer
Can You Feel It
9.0
London-based grime MC Faction G has
teamed up with the Can You Feel It
production team to remake Kicks Like
A Mule’s old skool classic ‘Bouncer’. In
true rave breaks style, the beats and
basslines are very current with an elec-
tro/dubstep vibe, but with the classic
stabbed riff and hardcore breakbeats to
keep things nostalgic, while Faction-G
waxes lyrical about your standard night
out with the day-glo ravers.
Neil Thomas
Jack’s Back
Audio Surgery
8.0
Northern wonderkid Neil Thomas is
back with another monstrous release,
this time mixing old school hard house
favours with an intense European hard
trance bassline. This is really forward
thinking hard dance, taking elements
from the past with the classic “Jack
has a groove” vocal we have all become
synonymous with over the years.
Stimulant DJs
Hard Like Thunder
Tidy
8.0
The Stims are back on the scene and we
welcome them back with open arms.
The brainchild of Brisk and Ham from
the UK hardcore scene, they combine
the winning formula of uplifting riffs
and rap vocals to devastating effect.
Any fans of their earlier work should
defnitely check this out.
Darren Styles
Sound Without A Name
Junkbox
9.0
Hardcore’s headliner is back with
another killer. This time it’s on more of
a progressive freeform vibe with rolling
acid lines and trancy stabs, but fans of
Darren’s vocal tracks will not be disap-
pointed either as it has an awesome
catchy male vocal in the breakdown,
followed by the hands in the air riff.
Al Storm
Werewolf
24/7
8.0
Sometimes a track just strikes a chord
with people: you can’t quite put your
fnger on why. ‘Werewolf’ is very much in
this vein. There is just something about
this track — with its classic horror movie
samples — that has made it stand out
from the rest.
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01. ANDY WHITBY & TECHNIKAL ‘Rumble’ AWsum
“Big old skool stabs, chopped up vocal and power kick-back.”
02. AWSUM ALL-STARZ ‘Warrior (Energy Syndicate Remix)’ AWsum
Bootlegs
“AWsum’s new signing puts his own spin on a trance classic for our Bootleg imprint.”
03. ANDY WHITBY & KLUBFILLER VS CALLY GAGE FEAT KYLA ‘Every-
thing’s Alright (BK Remix)’ AWsum
“Monster collab, backed with this huge BK remix.”
04. SHOWTEK FEAT MC STRETCH ‘Dutchie’ DMW
“Clever vocal, über-happy riff and insane bendy acid... love it!”
05. ANDY WHITBY & KLUBFILLER ‘DJ Whore (Energy Syndicate
Remix)’ AWsum
“ES on the remix tip again, putting his own spin on the latest AWsumrelease.”
06. RAMP ‘Fear The Thunder (The YoFridz Remix)’ Kiddfectious
“Epic vocal and huge riff... favourite KF release yet.”
07. SCOTT FO SHAW & LEON B ‘Funk ’81’ AWsum Funk
“Big summer hard dance funky house!”
08. ILLUMINATE ‘Sixth Sense (The YoFridz Remix)’ AWsum Black
“Fridz again, this time for AWsum’s Black imprint... monster kick and bass action.”
09. ANDY WHITBY ‘U Ready? (Energy Syndicate Remix)’ AWsum
Fresh update of my debut AWsumrelease.”
10. SHOWTEK FEAT MC DV8 ‘Rockchild’ DMW
“Hardstyle guitar mayhemat its fnest, will be big in my festival shows this year.”
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Madd Tight
Associated Minds
8.5
“No-one knows where you’re at/
Like Bratislava.” Psyche to the
heart, hardcore to the soul, beats a
wonderfully crisp slam-thunk, bass
like nipple-clamps, piano and hyped
vocals lacing the whole together
before it kicks you in the head. Fan-
tastic stuff as you’d expect from the
mighty Metabeats. Play fuck-off loud
and start your summer of naughty
nuisance-neighbourliness here.
Wu-tang Clan
2010 Clap
Gold Dust Media
8.0
Mathematics lays down a bouncing
starlight-speckled beat, then Raek-
won, Ghostface Killa, Meth and U-God
stroll by the mic and drop top-notch
nuttiness with the nonchalance only
true genius veterans can muster. Love
the minimalism, the poetic force,
the old-skool breaks and bridges,
and Meth just fucking kills it. Like
everything Wu, essential.
murs & 9th Wonder
I Used To Love Her
SMC
8.0
With the tragic death of Guru you
might be thinking that no-one’s able
to do the odd bit of relationship-
related hip-hop that isn’t mawkish
and mediocre anymore – well, listen
to this. It’s got great lyrics, honest
and from the heart and wide in impact
and reach. More importantly, the
web of wonder and tactile grace that
9th Wonder slips underneath the
verbals is skin-puckeringly gorgeous
throughout — soft-rock, soul and
psyche-pop blended beautifully.
Cam’ron & Vado
I Don’t Believe Niggas
NA
7.0
Always gotta cock an ear Cam’Ron’s
way and he’s in form with new rhyme-
partner Vado on this weird little
track – a tiny shard of Arabic violin
dervishing over rippling double-
kick beats. There’s a hollowness
at the track’s heart, a place where
the sound-FX and reverb and echo
actually dominate the mix more than
what’s being echoed and reverbed.
It works in a strange ass-backwards
way that matches the lyrics’ themes of
unreality and disconnection. Nice.
9th Prince (feat Planet asia)
Revolution Music
Wu Music
7.0
Hysterically OTT conscious rap that
stomps forth with the kind of right-
eous po-facedness so damn sure of it-
self, it’s practically Japanese. You can
picture the orchestral-loop backing a
particularly ridic battle-scene at the
end of a vintage Manga, 9th Prince &
Planet Asia recasting themselves in
lupe Fiasco feat
alisha Keys
Love Letter To The Beat
Arista
6.0
The frst leak of the soon-
come ‘Lasers’, and kinda
underwhelming until you
realise that Lupe’s one
of the few mainstream
rappers to be moving the
form forward. Won’t be
disappointed if this turns
out to be cut from the LP,
but it’s maybe the best hit
hip-hop might give us this
summer.
styles P
It’s Over
D-Block
7.0
From the ‘Ghost Dub Dime’
project, and as ever P keeps
things hard, steady and
(even with a somewhat
annoying chorus hook)
this bodes well for a season
of new mixtapes better
than owt Jada or Sheek are
gonna give us.
Capone
Moment Of Truth
NA
6.0
One of the frst Guru
tributes and from the heart
of Capone and CNN – gritty
beats, peerless verbals, a
nice mix of Premo beats
(including the astonishing
‘Code Of The Streets’). Hear
it, remember, go back to
the LPs, pay yer dues.
Wale
Kini Big Deal
Alido
3.0
Now, why would I wanna
listen to Wale’s over-rated
nasal nonsense when I can
just hear Nigerian Neato C’s
‘Kini Big Deal’ original that
this is shamelessly ripped
from? Avoid and go straight
to Neato’s monster.
01. Charlie sloth ‘one more Drink’ iTunes
“It has a storyline which most can relate to and is light hearted.”
02. Charlie sloth, Farma G, BlaCK the riPPer ‘Not like
You’ iTunes
“A great contrast of rappers on this record really makes it work.”
03. taBaNaCle ‘robbery’ CDR
“Tabanacle has a very aggressive delivery with some very topical lyrics.”
04. Joe BUDDeN ‘Good enough’ Amalgam Digital
“One of the best rappers on the planet at the moment - check out his ‘Mood Muzik’
series.”
05. sKaNDal ‘the Breakout’ Kilamanjaro
“I put himin my ones to watch in 2010 on 1Xtra He’s a beast on the mic.”
06. mYstro ‘U live N U learn’ LowLife
“Mystro never lets you down with his music and videos. This track is banging.”
07. JaY-Z & KaNYe West ‘hater’ Roc-A-Fella
“The beat is killer and the way Jay-Z and Kanye compliment each other is second to
none.”
08. teeF ‘take him out’ CDR
“The Frank remix of this joint is off the hooook. He reminds me of a modern day Roots
Manuva.”
09. 50 CeNt ‘Do You think about me’ Interscope
“This track seems to get the ladies in the right mood, which is always a good thing!”
10. GUCCi maNe ‘heavy’ Atlantic
“The guy is in prison and is still one of the hottest rappers around.”
verbals ancient and futuristic. It’s the
kind of thing that should be pushed at
the young before they forget that hip-
hop can take on ANYTHING. Fab.
yU
Almost Time
Mello Music Group
7.0
An Al Green loop spun into the centre
of your skull, Diamond District’s yU
spinning an absorbingly downbeat
tale of the anticipation and release
involved in playing live to a room full
of drunk and high people. Smoky.
On the fip the freaked out cubist
daisy-age wonder of ‘Brainwash’ sees
Grap Luva, Op Swamp 81 and Finale
try to hold on to Slimkat78’s world of
waywardness. Intriguing.
army of the Pharoahs
Godzilla
Enemy Soil
6.0
The AOP album leaves you kinda
nauseated sometimes with the epic-
ness of the vision and soundscape.
Better when things pull back from the
widescreen, like on this flthy little
pipebomb. It helps that Celph Titled &
Apathy are on fre, and that producer
Grand Finale weaves and focuses
things so brilliantly.
lil Brother feat torae
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7.0
Madness on the mix from producer
Khrysis, a hyperventilated hydraulic
beat that keeps pummelling your
ears. No bassline, just a drone-synth
and some old-skool whoops pep-
pering the ears, Lil Bro and Torae
somehow managing to ride things
compellingly, refusing to let you off
the hook until your heart’s racing.
lDZ
The London Zoo EP
Dented

9.0


Six transmissions of frabjous
derangement you’d be fkn looney-
toons to wanna miss. ‘Everybody
Does It’ is a brilliant rejection of
the mainstream combined with
the recognition of the important
universals, bouncing beats and
bass swathed with some gorgeous
b&w-strings. ‘Crazy Ill’ is electro-
dub peppered with b-vox that
sound half-African, half-Bulgarian.
The bastardisation continues with
‘Sand On The Beach’’s aqua-boogie
techno and closes out with the
stunningly accurate ‘I’m A Dick’.
LDZ are another incredible addi-
tion to Dented’s peerless roster.
Essential.
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What To Say
Warp
8.0
Not been that convinced by these
guys thus far, but there is some-
thing about this song and the way
it just slots together that works an
absolute treat. More than the sum
of its parts, it’s not just the unique
vocal, the sparse drum work, the
pointed bassline, the foating synth
or the jangling guitars. It’s the way
they feed off and into each other
that makes this track a work of such
brilliance.
Tweak Bird
A Sun (Ahh Ahh)
Souterrain Transmissions
8.5
Fuck yeah! Tweak Bird rock… not
in the kind of beer-swilling, two-
fngered rock saluting, American Frat
house kind of way, but in that full on,
fuck you kind of a way. To be honest,
they leave you no choice: they simply
steal your time, attention and re-
spect. Fear not however, it’s defnitely
time well-spent as pounding drums,
riff-laden psychedelic fuzz and, err,
fute assault your ears in a most
astonishing way.
Chilly Gonzales
Never Stop
Phantasy Sound
7.0
Building from stark fnger clicks and
handclaps via a delicate looping piano
line, a slo-mo 4/4 and Gonzales’
simple vocal refrain, ‘Never Stop’
somehow ends up in a weird, shape-
shifting 808-style acid rave-fest. Not
quite sure how he manages to cover
the musical equivalent of A-Z in the
space of four minutes and 45 seconds,
but he does. Hats off!
CocoRosie
Lemonade
PIAS
7.5
A paradoxical tale of chalk and
cheese, this lovely little taster from
CocoRosie’s forthcoming album ‘Grey
Oceans’ comprises two very distinct
and different parts. The verse is a
haunting and delicate affair complete
with sorrowful piano refrain, slow
sparse beats and woozy synthesiz-
ers. The chorus on the other hand is
a distinctly upbeat and cheery affair
boasting strings, brass and timpani
drums no less. We likey.
Maxxi & Zeus
The Struggle/The Cell
International Feel
9.0
With Harvey’s Locussolus alias and
the magnifcent Gunship 12-inch still
bookending the playlists, Interna-
tional Feel come oh-so correct again
with this outing from Matt Edwards
and Joel Martin. Perfectly timed
for the beginning of the Balearic
season, it’s two cuts of cinematic
seashore-lapping beauty that whisk
you away to another time and place of
serene beauty. Touches of pertinent
spoken word, washes of sound and
well-chosen FX — yep, its all there.
Beautiful.
Gotan Project
La Gloria
Ya Basta
7.0
A little late off the block with this one,
but any new Gotan Project outing
deserves the coverage. Unfortunately
the jury’s out on this one though.
The hallmark sounds are all there, ie.
accordion-led in the key of tango,
although it’s the electronic sub bass
underpinning that seems to modern-
ize and discredit the original sound.
Ghislain Poirier adds a tougher remix.
Yacht
The Afterlife
DFA
7.5
Inspired by the likes of Ze Records,
the B52s and even the kraut-pop
stylings of Propaganda, Yacht offer
up their most ‘pop’ sounding release
to date. Echoes of Fun Boy Three
prevail, especially in the harmonies,
whilst crushed drums and synths add
the backdrop. A full set of mixes also
grace the release, from The xx, Joy
Electric, a mainstream DAT Politics
and even May Ling. Nice.
The Haggis Horns
Cockroach Grind
First Word
8.0
Maintaining their position as one of
the world’s leading live funk outfts,
the Haggis Horns (reeds of choice for
Mark Ronson, Amy Winehouse and
Jamiroquai amongst others) continue
on their quest to showcase their
incredibly tight and precise sound.
Vocals are the addition this time
courtesy of Nia Saw on ‘Cockroach
Grind’, whilst the fip, ‘The Jerk’,
shows the band at their instrumental
(and production) best.
Stac
All Or Nothing
Wah Wah
8.0
Dreamy downtempo
soul mixes courtesy of
LenAfroSaxon and the
currently rated Blue
Daisy. It’s the latter that
hits the spot, with tons of
bottom end and whirling
echo FX. Quality.
Cibelle
Man From Mars
Crammed Discs
7.0
It’s a bit of a pop oddity
is this. A touch of elec-
tronica, a touch of folk
and a touch of squelching
dubstep make this well
worth a listen.
The Killer Meters
Rainbow Of Love
Breakin’ Bread
7.5
Floor friendly, UK bre(a)
d disco soul with a couple
of top-notch remixes
courtesy of US producer
DJ Zeph and trustwor-
thy label mates Colour
Climax.
Deela
Shelta Blues
Switchstance
7.0
A solid four-track EP of
Afro-tinged beats and
pieces from Deela that
includes mixes from the
under-rated Radio Citizen
and the lesser spotted
Kid Loco. Pretty solid
throughout.
Quincy Jones
Strawberry Letter 23
Interscope
5.0
Oh dear Quincy. You were
the Daddy, the innovator,
the benchmark producer.
Then you did this. Let’s
just pretend it didn’t
happen. Best not men-
tion it’s Akon replacing
Shuggie Otis, too. Oops,
I just did.
Wildbirds &
Peacedrums
Retina
Leaf

9.0

Drawing on an impressive list
of personnel to complete this
unique and majestic fve track
EP — including Valgeir Sigurosson
(CocoRosie, Bonnie Prince Billy),
Hildur Guonadottir (Mum, Throb-
bing Gristle) and the 12-strong
Reykjavik Chamber Choir (who
also featured on Björk’s ‘Medulla’)
— this latest offering from the
relentlessly innovative Icelandic
duo is as unusual and unconven-
tional as you’d expect. Haunting,
celestial, choral greatness.
01. KIDKANEVIL & ODDISEE ‘ZoOoOop!’ Jus’Like Music/Apple Juice Break
“A product of the recent Red Bull Music Academy in London — available on the ‘Oscil-
lations 2’ comp.”
02. THE SIMONSOUND ‘Moon Rocks’ First Word
“My favourite track fromthe forthcoming album‘Reverse Engineering’.”
03. TY ‘Emotions’ BBE
“The don is back! Check the sublime ‘Special Kind Of Fool’ LP.”
04. JAY ELECTRONICA ‘Exhibit C’ Decon/The Dragon Society
“The saviour of hip-hop? Maybe, his recent show at The Jazz Cafe is my gig of the
year so far.”
05. ASM FEAT WILDCHILD ‘Root To The Fruit’ First Word
“Another new signing to the label — pure summer BBQ hip-hop vibes.
06. SUBMOTION ORCHESTRA ‘Sunshine’ Ranking Records
“Cinematic vocal dubstep (make of that what you will!) — this is a simply gorgeous
tune.”
07. ERYKAH BADU ‘Window Seat’ Universal Motown
“The controversial video got a lot of the headlines, but the track behind it is vintage
Badu.”
08. HERMA PUMA ‘Psycke Out’ First Word
“Taken fromthe forthcoming album‘Synchromistic’ — dancefoor goodness.”
09. WHITEFIELD BROTHERS FEAT QUANTIC ‘Lullaby For Lagos ’ Now
Again
“Afro-funk so authentic you can scarcely believe it’s a new recording.”
10. KINNY ‘Petrifed Daze (Andy H Remix)’ Tru Thoughts
“Bass-heavy rework frommy co-label boss at FW Andy H — a guaranteed foor-fller
every time.”
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7.0
Ellen Allien
Dust
BPitch Control
A deep grower

BPitch boss Ellen Allien clearly wants you
to dream whilst listening, and dancing, to
her ffth artist album — ‘Dust’. It’s full of
enchanting, wandering melodies, abstract
lyrics and sparse arrangements all designed
to outline moods and emotion. What that
means is that it’s a grower. It’s not flled
with instant, buy-it-now, gratifcation, and,
ultimately, that works in its favour.
As you should expect from an ever-evolving
producer, ‘Dust’ marks quite a departure from
her last effort and its abstract digitalism. In-
stead, it’s grounded in song writing, guitars
and — albeit unhinged — pop complexion. As
a result, the oft sketchy beats and alternating
tempos (across each track and the album
as a whole) mean that, the odd track aside,
‘Dust’ is for home listening and, as such,
proves that techno needn’t always be about
darkened boxes and sweaty, relentless beats.
Kristan J Caryl

7.5
A Guy Called Gerald
Tronic Jazz: The Berlin Sessions
Laboratory Instinct
Timeless techno textures

Reckon the soul-moving, analogue forms of
classic Detroit-style techno have been rinsed
for every last drop of their creative possibili-
ties? Well, A Guy Called Gerald thinks not and
you’re likely to follow suit once you slap his
13-track techno odyssey in your soundbox.
The follow-up to his tracky Chicago acid
explorations (2006’s ‘Proto Acid: The
Berlin Sessions’), ‘Tronic Jazz’ is the sort of
gloriously immersive and diversely textured
experience most techno producers only
dream of. Dark but delicate, deep but driving,
it glides from lush, astral journeys like ‘People
Mover’ through the ghostly, rave electronica
of ‘Iland’, right up to ‘Dirty Trix’s moody,
cybernetic electro undercurrents.
Could it have been made at any point in the
last 15 years? Maybe, but by expertly sculpt-
ing its sonic palette as swathes of rich, solid
emotion rather than indulging in amateurish
plug-in gimmickry, ‘Tronic Jazz’ will stand the
test of time more than most. Allan McGrath

7.0
King Britt
The Intricate Beauty
Nervous
Flawed beauty

Versatility is both King Britt’s greatest
strength and his Achilles’ Heel. One of dance
music’s true legends — too often underap-
preciated — the Philadelphia DJ/producer is
an eclectic cat indeed, having penned that
infamous remix of Josh One’s ‘Contemplation’
and produced hip-hop crew Digable Planets’
frst classic album, as well as counting numer-
ous immaculate house tracks to his name.
Diverse tastes, then, and ‘Intricate Beauty’
is a kind of microcosm of his productions to
date, mixed together beautifully, even if the
variety of styles often sit awkwardly together.
The classic ‘Nightlife’, with Kim English,
makes a re-appearance, which will delight
fans of classic US house, while ‘Blackhand
Side’ makes an astonishingly rude, bass
splurging deviation into UK funky. But ‘Now’
and ‘Inner Self’ make strange and uncomfort-
able diversions into trance territory, mud-
dling what could have been a fawless vision.
Ben Murphy

8.0
Wolf + Lamb
Love Someone
Wolf + Lamb
Wolf in sheep’s clothing

When Brooklyn NYC’s Gadi Mizrahi and Zev
Eisenberg, or Wolf + Lamb frst arrived on the
scene, it was easy to be sceptical. Minimal
hipsters emerge from America’s coolest
borough and are instantly branded the best
thing since hyped bread? Well, it may have
looked that way, but there’s a hell of a lot
more to Wolf + Lamb than meets the eye, as
their debut album on their label attests.
For a start, their music ain’t minimal.
Stripped down, yes, but there’s more funk,
grit and sex here than they even know
what to do with. ‘Just For Now’ is murky,
dangerous and ghetto, packed with jazzy
snippets and squelching electro funk; ‘Low-
down’ is all acid bubbles and boogie beats;
and the title track is flter disco heaven.
Short but very sweet, ‘Love Someone’ is
the perfect introduction to their world.
Ben Murphy
Michael Vater, or Phonique, must be feeling pretty smug
right about now. While those around him have been lead
by the capricious ebbs and tides of dance music trends,
the Berlin-based producer has kept true to his deep house
ethos all along, producing perfect upbeat electronic dance
cuts bathed in warm funk, ignoring the dark excesses of
the mnml set who made his city so trendy. And boy, has his
method paid off.
In 2010, it’s a different, far funkier musical climate we fnd
ourselves in, and Phonique, with his third album ‘Kissing
Strangers’, is fnally due to collect his long overdue rewards.
Easily his best record to date, every one of its 15 tracks
oozes passion, funk and effortless groove. A mixture of
original tracks and stunning reworks of several handpicked
dance classics from across the ages, this record reads like
Vater’s love letter to the dancefoor and the music that
drives it, in all its myriad manifestations. From the throb-
bing, pneumatic disco pumpin’ bassline of his version of
Candido’s classic ‘Thousand Finger Man’, to a very subtle,
electroid tech house nod to Toto’s ‘Africa’ in ‘Afrique’ (fear
not, it’s genius), this is an album that throws up surprises
at every turn.
‘Summer’ nabs the gorgeous, molten keys from Kool & The
Gang’s ‘Summertime’, and snaps them to simmering house
drums, alternated with disconcerting, steely angular edges.
Devastating.
‘Endless Love’ is an emotional, sun-dappled heartfelt houser
with the gorgeous tones of crooner Louie Austen at the
helm, while the Balearic reggae/Sade hints of ‘Amy’s Heart’
with Ruben quite take the cake. And those wanting some
straight-up, anthemic house like they used to make will
fall head over heels with ‘Feel What You Want’ (a take on
the Kristine W cut). A slinky, perfectly-proportioned little
number — looks like your summer romance has arrived
early…
Ben Murphy
Phonique
Kissing Strangers
Dessous

8.5

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8.5
Glimpse
Runner
Crosstown Rebels
Back to the future

Infused with analogue crackle, revolution-
ary fervour and messages of divine love,
Glimpse’s debut long-player delivers on
the promise of great things inferred by his
earlier discography. Resolutely dancefoor, it
takes the stripped-back minimal dancefoor
grooves of recent years and injects them
with ’60s and ’70s spoken word samples and
attitude to inject a beating undercurrent of
funk, soul and humanity.
Previous single ‘If I Was Your Girl’ joins the
dots between old school soul and harmonic
R&B over cavernous techno, while ‘Things
To Do In Denver’ evokes smoky Harlem jazz
clubs, its melange of voices punctuated by a
woman preaching God’s power.
‘I Know I Show It’ could be Nina Simone
performing over looped-up piano, had house
been invented 50 years earlier, while closer
‘Train In Austria’ burns out through a haze of
shimmering synths, ending an album that’s
vintage in more ways than one. Joe roberts

6.5
James Teej
Evening Harvest
Rekids
Reaping the rewards

With releases and remixes for No 19, My
Favourite Robot and Rebirth, the next logical
step for Canadian producer James Teej is
a full-length album. So can his debut long
player on Rekids succeed where so many of
his peers have come unstuck?
In the main, it’s a yes. The frst half of
‘Harvest’ works well thanks to the textured,
organic approach; in particular, the breathy
pulses of ‘Greenback’ and the ethereal house
of ‘Late Blooming’ set a deeply atmospheric
tone, which
Teej adds to with the moody organ riffs of
‘Left Believing’ and the sexy vocals of ‘Seven
Day Mend’.
Unfortunately, using sitars in electronic
music never works – check ‘The Rain Await-
ing’ – and ‘Sicken’ is a bit too close to a
well-known Garnier track for comfort. Despite
this, Teej makes a great recovery with the
blues-guitar outro of ‘All We Have Is Time’.
richard Brophy

6.0
Pezzner
The Tracks Are Alive
Freerange Records
House and beyond

The frst solo LP from one half of upbeat-
house experimentalists Jacob London sees
Dave Pezzner taking a more progressive,
melodic approach than in his previous guise.
This (relatively) new direction pays off, with
the album’s fnest moments arising when he
subtly shifts gears midway through a track,
such as the post-disco tones of ‘Chiuso Per
Ferie’ which temporarily melt into pulsing
tech-house, or the tribal percussion of ‘Al-
most Here (Part 3)’ that slowly reveals a lush,
Lusine-esque texture.
These skilful manoeuvres allow Pezzner
to work up a sound that is gently leftfeld
but which never strays too far from the
dancefoor, perhaps best encapsulated in the
wonderful Kerrier District acid-wobble which
‘Balboa Park’ eventually unleashes.
Not an immediate jaw-dropper, but repeated
listens reveal an intricacy that puts Pezzner
ahead of many of his house contemporar-
ies. Tristan parker

8.0
The Chemical Brothers
Further
Freestyle Dust/Parlophone
The magnifcent seven

Awash with psychedelic swirls, heavy with
rambunctious reverb and riddled with
head-twisting passages of sound, ‘Further’ is
a journey way, way out there for an act who
should, by rights, be on their way down by
now. No chance.
On their seventh album, The Chems condense
two decades of acid house anarchy and
psychedelic exploration into eight tracks of
raw, pure headtrip magic.
The 12-minute electronic odyssey of recent
single ‘Escape Velocity’ is a mad Kosmische-
leaning groove, the galloping machine
meltdown of ‘Horsepower’ is panic attack,
panel-beating acid techno at its best while
‘Another World’ feels like a drugged-out,
distorted take on ‘Star Guitar’.
Channelling their most extreme and
unrestrained tendencies without ever
being indulgent, ‘Further’ shows they’ve
lost none of their fre and fervour.
Allan McGrath
In the past 10 years, Canadian Mathew
Jonson has released 12s under his own
name and as part of the Modern Deep
Left Quartet, and artist albums as part
of Cobblestone Jazz, but until now a solo
full-length has somehow evaded him.
And ‘Agents of Time’ is not what you
may expect: it’s stuffed with arresting,
grinding dance (‘Thieves in Digital Land’)
urgent cosmic vibes (‘Sunday Disco
Romance’) and beautifully weightless
minimal (When Love feels like crying’),
yes, but passes by like a delightful day
dream with its loosely sketched beats,
memories of micro melodies and hazy,
half-remembered rhythms all providing
the sonic outlines within which you can so
easily get lost.
Come the fnal beat, after the dumpy kicks
and ketty twists of ‘Pirates in the 9th’ and
the ethereal, circling atmospheres of ‘New
Model Robots’ have drifted by, you awaken
as if from dreamy unconsciousness, not
quite remembering what just happened
but knowing that you immediately want to
return, such is the soothed, illusory state
of mind it leaves you in.
Overall, it’s Jonson’s loose beat architec-
ture and minimalistic aesthetics which
make this stand up to such rewarding
repeat listens, and which allow you to get
so lost in amongst it. Not bad for a debut.
KrisTAn J CAryl

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Agents Of Time
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Silver Columns
Yes, And Dance
Moshi Moshi
3.0
Heard it all before

There’s already a million
former indie tykes having
a stab at dance music,
so what makes Silver
Columns any different?
Not a great deal, as it
happens. This is Hot Chip
lite, or more accurately, a
budget Erasure with Vince
Clarke’s genius removed.
Sub-par electro pop.
Ben Murphy
Tracey Thorn
Love And Its Opposite
Strange Feeling Records
7.5
Breaking up with the
girl

Musing on love, lust
and loss in the modern
world, this Ewan Pearson
produced return to
Thorn’s indie-folk roots
tempers middle-aged
romantic disillusionment
with the eternal possibil-
ity of fresh beginnings,
making the ideal post-
relationship soundtrack.
Joe roberts
Andy Compton
Kholofelo
Digi Peng
6.5
Straight out of
Compton

Having personally grown-
up in urban concrete tem-
ples of rave, Devon’s Andy
Compton (of The Rurals)
provides a glimpse of
something more organic.
The steeply-reclined keys
of ‘Clouds’ hint at after-
noons in the Jazz Cafe,
while ‘Save The Children’
could be a Sonar Kollectiv
classic. Joe roberts
Technasia
Central
Technasia
4.0
House central

When Charles Siegling
split with recording part-
ner Ali Khan a few years
ago, it was inevitable that
it would affect Technasia’s
output, but that it would
result in such a sea
change is surprising. He
trades jacking, evocative
techno for upbeat house
music, but too often veers
into fltered, good-time
grooves for comfort.
richard Brophy
The Herbaliser
Herbal Tonic (Best Of)
Ninja Tune
8.0
Director’s cuts

15 landmark tracks taken
from the 15 years which
have seen The Herbaliser
grow from two trip-hop
turntablists into a live
funk collective. Featuring
classics like ‘The Blend’
and ‘Stranded On Earth’,
it’s a story with as many
twists and intrigue as the
gangster thrillers they
sound like they’re scor-
ing. paul Clarke
J.Rogers
Access
Blipswitch
6.5
Impressively diverse
debut

This debut from Califor-
nian J.Rogers instantly
caught our ear with its
maverick diversity — deep
trippy techno rubbing up
against the intelligent
wobble-step of ‘Ill Killaz’.
It’s almost worth buying
just for the none-ruder-
than dubtech odyssey
‘Evil Spirits’ alone.
Allan McGrath
Jamie Lidell
Compass
Warp
8.5
Warp’s whacked-out
soul boy is back in sonic
maverick mode on his
third, and most complete,
album to date.
Starkey
Ear Drums And Black
Holes
Planet Mu
9.0
Philadelphia’s street bass
king explores totally new
possibilities for the bass
music template.
The Black Dog
Music For Real
Airports
Soma
8.5
Complex concept album
from the restless sound
renegades makes for a
totally consuming listen-
ing experience.
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2.0
Uffe
Sex, Dreams and Denim Jeans
Ed Banger
Shit (But You Know It)

Throughout her debut album, Florida-born
Paris-based MC Uffe regularly boasts about
her laziness and lack of talent, before rubbing
everyone’s noses in it by saying “If I get
popular/then that ain’t fair”.
Which at least has the virtue of honesty, but
it’s still galling hearing her parade around
like a spoilt stage school brat when there
are thousands of more skilled MCs out there
working so hard for so little respect. So, if
brutal frankness is the order of the day, let’s
point out that the only reason anyone has
any interest in Uffe at all is due to her hipster
connections and passing resemblance to
Natalie Portman; and that even when she
removes the silver spoon from her mouth
and replaces it with Auto-Tune instead it
still goes no way towards hiding how woeful
the Peaches Geldof of electro actually is.
paul Clarke

9.0
Grum
Heartbeats
Heartbeats
Hard to Heartbeat

Putting much of the hype into Hype-Machine
over the last two years, Grum aka Graeme
Shepherd’s debut arrives on a tsunami-sized
wave of expectation fed by feverish internet
activity and an uncanny amount in common
with previous ‘saviour’ of dance music, Mylo.
Side-stepping such comparison, Heartbeats
delivers instead a tasty serving of ’80s infect-
ed outré pop sensibility as hinted at by its
title track and ‘Can’t Shake This Feeling’, the
kind of infectiously upbeat and catchy track
Madonna wished she could have produced
with Stuart Price.
‘Turn It Up’ could almost be vintage Madge,
while ‘Want U’ slows things for an epi-
cally cosmic torch song. There’s dance, too,
whether it be the chirpy Italo of ‘Runaway’
or ‘Power’ which has Soulwax written all over
it, but everything is delivered with a similarly
keen ear for a hook. Expect to hear it every-
where this summer. Joe roberts

8.0
A Certain Ratio
Mind Made Up
LTM Recordings
Avant-funk pioneers

Andrew Weatherall’s favourite band have
been around since the late ’70s. Although
quiet for long spells these Manchester post-
punkers never actually split up, and were
defnitely ahead of their time with their white
boy avant-funk sound.
Signed to the legendary Factory Records,
they did experiment with acid house around
1990 — working with Bernard Sumner from
New Order, Shaun Ryder and Norman Cook
— but there’s little trace of electronics or a
Hacienda infuence here.
One highlight, ‘Which Is Reality’, shifts from
‘Shaft’ wah-wah guitar into a funky drummer
melange. Otherwise, ACR fit between the jazz
sound of long-lost ’80s funkers Working Week
(‘Down Down Down’, ‘Rialto’), Bunnymen/
Cure melancholy and angular Franz Ferdinand
punk-funk before ending in a freeform John
Zorn stylee. Clinically executed, this is a must
for history lovers and contemporary alt.
funkers alike. Carl loben

8.0
Tiefschwarz
Chocolate
Souvenir Music
Sweet like house music

The German brotherly house duo are back
with their third studio album and for this
double whammy (the CD version ‘Chocolate’
also comes with a download album called
‘More Chocolate’) they’ve moved away from
the electro house production sound they’ve
favoured in recent years towards deeper,
moodier more atmospheric favours.
And for this project, all recorded in their Ber-
lin studio, Ali and Basti Schwarz have joined
forces with production pal Philip Maier; also
known for his releases under the name Santé.
On ‘Chocolate’, ‘What You Want’ is a dark and
delicious, twilight hours dancefoor moment
while the quirky, jazzy ‘Trust’ includes vocals
from Berlin techno dandy Seth Troxler.
Meanwhile ‘More Chocolate’ contains a batch
of more dancefoor-tailored cuts; all inspired
by the house and techno infuences that lie
at the heart of the Tiefschwarz sound. Claire
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7.0
dOP
Watergate 06
Watergate
A French fancy

Adding to the growing number of mix compi-
lations as ersatz artist albums, French enig-
mas dOP (or dEEP, ORGANIC & from PARIS)
follow in the footsteps of Ricardo Villalobos
and Noisia and craft a continuous blend of
almost entirely their own productions and
collaborations. It’s a decision that’s paid off,
as dOP ain’t your typical techno act.
For one thing, they’re a more vivid proposi-
tion, finging in live horns, keys and vocals
amidst the spare 4/4 beats — a move that’s
made them stand out and be hailed as one of
the freshest new acts working in dance.
‘Les Fils du Calvaire’, with Nôze, sees them
tap into subtle gypsy jazz horns and textures,
while sacrifcing none of the midnight-black
techno vibes of the Watergate dancefoor,
while the jaunty brass and oddball vox of ‘The
Ceremony’ bleeds nicely into the dubby tech
abyss of ‘Glory Hole’. A little too stripped
back and samey in places, but taken as a
whole, dOP deliver the goods. Ben Murphy

8.0
Kode 9
DJ-Kicks
!K7
Hyperactive bass futurism

A notable detachment from the dubstep that
dominated his frst mix CD (2004’s ‘Dubstep
Allstars Vol.3’), Kode 9’s uptempo 'DJ-
Kicks' contribution is centred on the more
experimental edges of funky, with tracks
from Cooly G, Scratcha DVA and Addison
Groove all featuring. In its whole, though, it’s
a genre-mangling journey through modern
bass music — something Kode 9 is something
of an unwitting fgurehead for.
Elements of tribal skankers, glitchy micro-
house, neon synths and woozy r&b all
fit in and out of a mix that opens on the
depth-charge Detroit pads of Lone’s ‘Once In
A While’ and closes on the panic alarm dub of
The Bug’s ‘Run’.
The potential for a sonic mess is high,
especially with Kode using his 31 chosen
components as high-impact hits rather
than entire tracks. In practise, though,
it’s all head-spinningly, gut-wrenchingly
intense. Allan McGrath

8.0
Todd Terje
Remaster Of The Universe
Permanent Vacation
The modern master of the edit?

Edits, remixes, refxes… the art of stamping
your own sound on another artist’s work is
a misused — and misunderstood — thing
indeed. These days, there’s no shortage of
half-assed producers just adding a bass drum
or hacking away some vocals and passing off
their latest edit ‘creation’ as some bonafde
Balearic masterpiece.
Norwegian Todd Terje, however, is a different
proposition entirely as this collection of his
fnest remoulding magic proves.
Brimming with trippy disco and electro-funk
gems, Terje’s respectful but playful approach
never fails to cast a new perspective on his
sonic subjects.
And anyone that makes the guilty pleasure of
Ace Of Bass’s ‘90s pop-reggae ditty ‘All That
She Wants’ seem suddenly not all that guilty
— as on Terje’s dubbed-out, synth sparkled
skank as Chuck Norris — is, well, a bit of a
bleedin’ genius. Allan McGrath

9.0
Down To The Sea And Back:
Compiled by Balearic Mike & Kelvin
Andrews
Creative Use
Balearicadelica

Balearic DJs love to raise the eyebrows of
people asking ‘What’s this tune, mate?’ by
revealing that that track is an obscure, one-
off dalliance with dance music by a famous
and resolutely un-dancey act.
On this 12-track compilation of summery
shuffers both old and new, Balearic Mike
and Kelvin Andrews pull off an impressive
crate-digging hat-trick by including long-lost
and incongruously credible disco/funk tunes
by The Osmonds, The Hollies and lumpy ’70s
glam-rockers The Sweet.
The disconnect between the bands’ respective
images and the music is comically disorien-
tating. There’s far more to 'DTTSAB' than
mere novelty, however: tracks like Al Usher’s
pretty techno roller ‘Lullaby For Robert’ or
The Tritons’ beatifc cover of ‘Satisfaction’
perfectly capture that elusive ‘dancing bare-
foot in the sand’ vibe. Joe Madden
Burns
001: European Sex Music
Music Response
8.0

Sweaty, steamy, red-hot
funk for the future
In the warp-speed world of electronic music,
18 months is like a lifetime. Yet in that period,
few British producers have exploded onto the
wider club consciousness with the same tidal-
wave force as Burns.
Blowing out of the blogosphere with a decid-
edly ruder take on filtered funk and electro
through a spate of white-hot EPs on 21-12
Records last year, the Scottish sensation fast
hit an apex of adulation that lesser artists
spend a whole lifetime dreaming of. Calvin
Harris and Deadmau5 snapped him up as their
tour support DJ, everyone from Dizzee Rascal
to The Gossip capitalised on his hyperactive
remix skills and now US r&b star Kelis has
invited him to produce for her album.
Still sceptical? Or just playa’ hatin’ on the
basis of just how unashamedly big time this
debauchery-hungry upstart already is? Well,
step right this way, please. For if you need any
proof that the much hyped Burns is a) much
more than Mylo mark 2 (thank Christ) and
b) not just another Daft Punk-aping, electro
cat with the same hard drive of club bangers
as every other Erol Alkan wannabe then this
eyebrow archingly diverse double-disc mix
compilation is just that.
Plotting a visceral future for rave techno —
best exhibited by his own driving‘Teknique’
— Burns has no time for juvenile bleeps or
throwaway beats. Instead, the Burns DJ
sound is a far ruder, sleazier and full-figured
proposition with everything from Armand Van
Helden’s hip-houser ‘Ski Hard’ and the rude-
bass blasts of Zombie Nation’s electro thug-out
‘Worth It’ getting worked into the mix.
A second more leftfield selection finds homes
for tracks as disparate as the ‘70s space-travel
funk of Dexter Wansel’s ‘Life On Mars’ and the
contemporary campness of French electro-pop
anthem Yelle’s ‘Ce Jeu’. Believe the hype and
savour what might be the most genuinely
exciting British DJ proposition this year.
Allan McGrath
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Bustin’ Out 1982:
New Wave To New
Beat Volume 2
Future Noise Music
7.0
Cool but familiar
This uneven but largely
cool comp collects punk
funk, early electro and
hip-hop in a wide ranging
overview of 1982. Tracks
from Gary Numan, ESG
and Man Parrish are stone
cold classic, but a bit
overfamiliar. Still, a great
primer for those who
haven’t bagged these
tunes already.
Ben Murphy
Felix Kröcher
Discover
Kontor
6.0
Minimal new sounds
The new two-disc album
compiled and mixed by
German techno meister
Felix Kröcher features
tracks from several big
names of the moment
including Seth Troxler
and Tiefschwarz. On the
whole it’s a sound far
more suited to the club
than the home stereo
without branching into
anything other than
run-of-the-mill territory.
Bianca Mitchell
DJ Hell
Gigolo CD 12
International Deejay
Gigolos
6.5
Back to the house
The 12th instalment of DJ
Hell’s anticipated annual
selection of tracks from
Gigolo artists is classic
house in its purest form.
There are some brighter
moments amongst a
blend of fairly uneventful
yet thumping energiz-
ers. Highlights include
Hard Ton’s ‘Forever No
More’ and Skerl’s 'Liron'.
Bianca Mitchell
Argy
D-Edge: Sao Paulo
These Days Records
7.5
Close to D-Edge
Just when the days of
the city-themed mix CD
seemed numbered, Poker
Flat artist Argy teams
up with Sao Paulo club
D-Edge. Thankfully, this
is no lazy prog workout,
with the precocious talent
fitting from classic deep
house to the brittle,
sensuous techno of Ribn,
David Alvarado and Aril
Brikha. Richard Brophy
Disco Discharge
Pink Pounders
Harmless
6.0
Fluffy disco fromage
Harmless’s plentiful
‘Disco Discharge’ series
has been a revelation
— each one exploring
the diverse historical
strains of disco’s journey
through cleverly themed
two-disc collections.
Focusing on the sounds
of gay disco and hi-NRG,
this edition has got some
stone-cold classics but
there’s a bit too much
cheesy fuff. Allan
McGrath
Mirror System
Refector
A-Wave
6.0
Deep, minimal and
melodic
Hippy chill-out relics Mir-
ror System (also known
as psychedelic electronic
act System 7) mix up the
softer, more melodic and
hypnotic edges of techno,
house and electro. With
Trentemøller, Guy Gerber,
Peace Division and
Phonique all featuring,
the resulting journey is
expectedly lush in feel,
although a little too
polite. Allan McGrath
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COMPILATIONS QUICKIES
Five Years Of
Dirtybird
Dirtybird
8.5
Half a decade of weird,
wonky, whacked-out and
irreverent 4/4 funk from
Claude Von Stroke’s label.
Juan MacLean
DJ-Kicks
!K7
9.0
The strongest sign yet
that the ongoing embrace
of classic house favas is
a full--blown romance
rather than the casual
firt it frst appeared.
Ten Years Of
Highgrade
Highgrade
9.0
Ever-forward facing,
Highgrade celebrates
10 years of soul sodden
techno with entirely new
tracks.

7.0
Strictly Bob Sinclar
Strictly Rhythm

Going back to his house

The last we’d heard of Bob Sinclar, he’d bug-
gered off to Jamaica to make a reggae album
with Sly and Robbie. Thankfully however the
French DJ has retained enough dignity not to
grow some whiteboy dreads, and enough self-
awareness to know that what most people
want from him is happy-clappy house music,
not dubious irie vibrations. ‘Strictly Defected’
sees him let loose on the Strictly Rhythm
back catalogue and all the anthems from the
New York label’s 20-year plus history — such
as Ultra Nate’s ‘Free’, Armand Van Helden’s
‘Witch Doktor’ and Barbara Tucker’s ‘Beautiful
People’ — are there. Some of them have been
given a bit of a superfuous spit-and-polish
remix by Sinclar himself and he’s also includ-
ed a couple of his own new tracks with Axwell
and reggae toaster Mr. V, but it’s the old gems
that still shine brightest. Paul Clarke

8.0
Kismet
Rinse 12
Rinse
London to Berlin ‘n’ back

The 4/4 takeover of the UK’s ‘urban’ scene
continues apace with the latest instalment in
Rinse FM’s mostly-excellent mix series. Rising
star Kismet was discovered by the Rinse crew
while DJing at an after-hours party, and
that’s the vibe he offers up here.
Pitched somewhere between the sexy grind
of London’s old-skool garage scene and the
darker, druggier sounds of Berlin’s till-dawn-
and-beyond techno parties, 'Rinse 12' might
not be the most home listening-friendly
mix in the world — the tracky selection is
far more 4am than 4pm — but it’s still a fun,
bumpy ride into the techier, Afrocentric end
of house music (and who’d’ve thought we’d
ever see Hiro or Thomas Schumacher on a
Rinse mix?). If you’re after something a bit
deeper than UK funky that’s still on the same
basic wavelength, Kismet’s your man. Joe
Madden

8.0
Darkstarr
Darkstarr’s Psychedelic Disco-Tech:
They Live By The Night
Music Response
Funk the party

Ashley Beedle and Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy
promote their Darkstarr events and mixes
with the aim of bringing some revolutionary
soul to the party.
Cosmo kicks off the frst of this two-disc
collection of psychedelic disco-tech (a term
coined by the duo themselves) with gentle
burners and classic vibes including Ashley’s
own scrumptious Mavis featuring Candi
Staton’s ‘Revolution’. Ashley Beedle offers
his funky take on strobing cosmic disco on
disc two with highlights including Shake The
Dog’s delectably sleazy ‘Kite Yo Danse’ featur-
ing Jepthé Guillaume and the body-winding
rhythms of ‘Djomani (Disco Jams Mix)' by
Blackjoy.
Both CDs gradually ease into the groove
and each track plays out in its full, extended
glory. It’s defnitely worth taking the time to
appreciate this selection of carefully hand-
picked gems. Bianca Mitchell

7.0
Dinky
Musica Libre
Cocoon Recordings
Liberating sounds

She is still best known for the irresistible ‘Acid
in My Fridge’, but this mix for Väth’s Cocoon
in part paints Dinky in a more esoteric mood.
While the middle section of the mix provides
a decent synopsis of nouveau German deep
house — featuring tracks from Motorcitysoul,
Damian Schwartz and Tensnake — the more
interesting sounds occur at the edges. Dinky
teases the listener with an intro that moves
from the sweet abstractions of Matthew
Styles and Odd Machine into the clipped stac-
cato beats of Nina Kravitz and later into the
US tribal house of Demarkus Lewis’s ‘Untitled
Love Affair’ and the glorious deep techno of
Soul Capsule’s ‘Overcome’.
Similarly, as the mix reaches the point
of climax, Dinky surprises again with the
piano-fecked house of Bruno Prosanto
and the mellow introspection of Pier Bucci
and Villalobos ending this liberating mix.
Richard Brophy
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TABLES TURNED
Numark’s V7 turntable raises the game.
p.149
STUDIO SPACE
Richard Norris aka The Time & Space
Machine talks us through his sound.
p.152
BLOCK PARTY
The Block controller from Livid reviewed.
p.155
KAOSS THEORY
Kustki reviews the new Kaossilator pro.
p.156
PRODUCER
Killer tips and hints to boost up your
sound.
p.158
NO STOPPING THEM
Pioneer’s mission to dominate the DJ booths of the
world continues…
PIONEER have just released yet more new additions to
their CDJ and DJM range — the CDJ-350 CDJ and the
DJM-350 mixer. The newest fruits of their labour, they
are aimed at the DJ who has just decided to take the
plunge into the world of the CDJing artform rather than
the seasoned pro.
The CDJ-350 is obviously going to be the replacement for
the CDJ-400, but has some of the features found in its
bigger brothers like being able to play tracks from a USB
device and the ability to utilise Rekordbox to prepare
tracks from your library. Using Rekordbox, users can set
up beatgrids to use the CDJ-350s beat-keeping facilities
— with just the push of a button it matches the song that
is playing to the preset master BPM. DJs can easily match
the tempos of two songs and get straight into the mix. Of
course, users are still going to have to perfect the art of
mixing though as auto beat syncing this isn’t.
Another feature ported from the new CDJ range is the
ability to use the CDJ-350 as a controller to manipulate
your DVS software of choice (for example Traktor or
Serato Scratch Live) and also to use it as your audio
interface.
The general look of the CDJ-350 is slick and cool with the
jog wheel looking similar to the CDJ-400s.
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SOUNDBYTES
YOUR SELF-HELP FROM THE FORUM
TECHTALK
If you are playing live gigs of your own
material what would you say is the best
device to be using? I’ve got a Macbook
Pro, a Korg Mircokorg and also Novation
SLMK2, which is cool for midi control, but
was wondering about other options
such as NI Maschine and Ableton?
Phil Venture, London
Your general set up should be just fine.
NI Maschine is ok for live use and can be
set up to be used as a general controller.
We also did something similar whilst
controlling Ableton in our gigs. However,
there are no clear markers as to what
the buttons do once it is set up in this
way.
City Gents
Akai’s APC20/APC40 might be a better
option. It has a good number of sliders,
as well as the pad control for firing
samples and clips.
Kirsty Orr, Paisley
Ableton and Novation have just
released an upgrade that integrates the
Launch pad and the SLMK2 together as
the ‘ultimate Ableton control package’,
which would be good for playing live.
Ernest Reid
RETRO STYLING
Headphones are an essen-
tial bit of DJ kit and with so
many on offer every taste
is catered for. Panasonic
RPHTX7 have joined the
market with their retro-
looking phones aimed at
the bedroom DJ. Serious
sounds, a good look and
just £59 a pair. Tidy.
£59. panasonic.com
GOOD AS GLUE
The Glue plug-in is a
virtual version of the in-
dustry standard SSL4000
compressor used in many
a studio worldwide — fans
include Deadmau5. The
Glue compressor adds
production magic to your
dance tracks at a fraction
of the cost of the original
SSL hardware. Squeeze a
little onto your mix we say.
cytomic.com
HARD AS STEEL
Hercules is continuing to
offer the entry level DJ
complete control of their
DVS software with the addi-
tion of their new DJ Control
MP3 e2 controller —
housed in an all-new casing
with larger jog wheels for
better control. This small
little wonder will fit into
any laptop bag for ultimate
deck portability.
hercules.com
PRICE
CDJ-350 £520
DJM-350 £439
CONTACT
pioneer.co.uk
SYNTH ATTACK!
Fxpansion have a fantastic set of soft
synths aimed at the electronic dance
community called DCAM Synth Squad.
Made up of three individual synths
— Strobe, Cypher, and Amber — the
synths cover the sounds of old ana-
logue beasts but with a modern digital
twist. The sounds available include
bold analogue-style leads, super phat
basses and complex pads, which can
be tweaked and mashed up beyond
all belief. All three synths can be com-
bined together to make one super
synth called Fusor, which combines all
the sounds of each of the individual
modules but with added control over
modulation and FX parameters. DCAM
synth squad offers serious sound
abuse for just £157. fxpansion.com
The DJM-350 mixer offers something completely new to the mix
— the ability to record every bit of your set straight to a USB stick
directly from the mixer as a WAV file. The DJM-350 also has four
kinds of effects built in — filter, crush, jet and gate — to allow DJs
to get a little creative when in the mix.
The EQ section on the mixer is of the isolator variety and can be
used as kill switches when rotated fully to the left. The DJM-350 is
a two channel multiple input mixer, which is designed to be used
in conjunction with the CDJ-350 players, but it can also be used
perfectly as a standalone mixer in its own right as turntables and
other audio sources can be connected to it.
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HI FI DJ
Harman/Kardon’s
MAS110 is an all-in-one
amplifier hi-fi system that
allows jocks to connect
their decks and use the
MAS110 as their sound
system of choice, with
analogue and digital
inputs connecting from a
mixer. It’ll also read tunes
from your iPod or USB
storage device. £699.00
Harmankardon.com
MASH IT UP
Native Instruments are
releasing an upgrade for
their popular Maschine
controller. The Version 1.5
upgrade will add more
functions to this little box
of delights, one being the
vintage sampler emulator
that mimics some of the
great samplers of years
gone by. It will now also
be able to import Akai
MPC programs directly,
making this Maschine an
even more tasty option
for all you producers.
native-instruments.com
RALPH LAWSON
(2020 SOUNDSYSTEM)
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT
HEATH XONE 4D
“The Allen & Heath Xone 4D mixer is the
centrepiece of our sound during 2020
Soundsystem live gigs. I mix 16 channels
on the unit using Ableton Live with the
midi controls of the Xone.
“I can utilise 16 channels by using eight
of the Xone channels times two, by using
the shift function of the mixer. I also
control the midi parts going to
keyboards and I have a cue channel for
the drummer.
“There is a soundcard built in so I can
really conduct the show from one very
small box compared to using a
traditional mixing desk. On top of that I
still have the usual Allen & Heath filters
to put effects on the sound. It makes for
a very versatile, hands-on performance
tool. I have just finished a video tutorial
of how you can set up your 4D for DJ
magazine TV. Check it out at djmag.tv -
it’s all about the hoof.”
JARGON: ASD file
BUSTED: Information data file
for Ableton audio
tracks
.ASD files are the files that hold the entire
warp, beat and pitch data of an audio track
that has been warped in Ableton. These files
are important as without them all the time-
stretched information would not exist and
Ableton wouldn’t be able to sync all those
tracks to ensure perfect mixing.
NEW
DISCOVERIES
Ion is giving budding jocks a chance to discover their hidden
talents with the Discover DJ package. Discover DJ is an all in
one digital DJ unit that comprises of a controller with large
vinyl-styled jog wheels for scratching, a mixer section with the
usual volume fader and EQ controls, and a version of Mixvibes
DVS software to play all your digital tracks straight from your
iTunes library. Plug straight into your laptop and play Mr DJ.
ionaudio.com £69
MOBILE MADNESS
The digital assault has hit all areas of the DJing community and with this in mind Denon have
released the DN-HC5000. Looking very similar to Denon’s ubiquitous twin CD controller for
mobile DJs, the new DN-HC5000 provides the same control and performance capabilities as
the DJCD systems but with dedicated hardware control of Serato’s Itch DJ software for all
your digital music files. The beauty of this unit is that it will still also control Denon’s dual CD
player, offering bag-loads of options for all your DJing needs. denon.dj
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TECH
News
JARGON: Normalising.
BUSTED: Adjusting an audio file in editing
Software to maximise sound quality.
Normalising is a technique to maximise the sound of an audio file to
its peak without it distorting. It is usually done when putting mix CDs
together to make all the tracks play uniformly at the same volume,
keeping the mix sounding more slick.
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Dear DJ Doctor,
I’m a DJ and about three years ago I started a
college course on how to produce my own music.
Three years later and I’m starting to understand
and to get a hold of things. What I want is your
advice on what next. Soon I’ll have tracks mastered
and ready to go, but where do I go from there?
Jack Day, via email
DJ Doc replies:
Well it is all dependant on what you want to do with
your tracks. The dream of signing a big record deal
may be floating round your mind, but this is
perhaps an unrealistic scenario. These days, the
most important thing to do is get your stuff heard.
Even to the point of starting your own label and
releasing your records on your own, this has to be
something that you should consider.
On the other hand, if you’re adamant that you want
to get your records signed then the next step is to
send your tunes to the appropriate labels. Make
sure you do your research as to which labels would
suit your music and send them your tracks. Offer to
do remixes on spec as this is a good way of getting
a good reputation and getting your name out
there.
Another good way to get exposure is to send your
tracks to DJs. DJs love nothing more than having
exclusive tunes to drop into their sets. Also never
take critique to heart. One man’s poison is another
man’s nectar, stay true to your goals and style. As
long as your music isn’t complete shite someone,
somewhere will want to buy, listen and play it!
GOT A BURNING QUESTION?
SEND your query
to the DJ Doctor at
djdoc@djmag.
com
and you could
win the wicked
AKG K81
headphones.
Korg’s new Monotron Analogue
Ribbon Synthesizer might be tiny but
has a remarkably big sound. Harping
back to the days of old school
electronica, the Monotron is a fully-
fledged, true analogue synthesizer
with an easy-to-play ribbon keyboard
that you’d slide your finger up and
down to make sounds.
The sounds created can be tweaked
to make some really phat bass and
acidic-type noises, external sounds
can even be routed through it and
tweaked to the max with the five
knobs. Never again be afraid to take
something so small out of your
trousers in public.
korg.co.uk £59.00
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TECH Numark’s NS7 controller
BRING THAT
BEAT BACK!
Numark’s NS7
controller threatened
to bring back real
deck control to the
digital DJ community
but didn’t quite get
a firm foothold.
But with their new
V7 controller, is
victory finally
around the
corner?
I
t was almost a year ago to this day when
Numark sent over the NS7 for us to play on
and enjoy. We were suitably blown away with
the fun factor and approach that they had
taken to bring proper DJ skills and performance
back into the domain of the digital DJ. The beast
looked the part, and mixing on it was like the
good old days of the Technics 1210. But the NS7
came with some slight drawbacks.
One, it weighed more than a very big person;
two, to set it up as a travelling jock in the DJ
booth was a mission, especially if the supplied
laptop stand was attached; and three, it wasn’t
cheap, either. So our initial fun and love slowly
faded away. But hey, what’s this? Numark have
now addressed all these small issues and hit back
just like the Emperor did in Star Wars, thrilling us
with the V7.
There is a saying, V is for victory, and the V7 is
certainly up there with the best controllers in
the DDJ market. So what’s out of the box? Well,
straight away, it is plain to see that Numark
have taken the NS7 and chopped it into its core
elements, resulting in the V7 turntable.
Just like its bigger sibling, it is a direct-drive,
motorised turntable with adjustable torque.
The seven-inch platter also uses a real vinyl disc
and slipmat for that authentic deck control and
hands-on feel. Numark’s ideal setup would be
to partner up two V7s, and add their X5 mixer to
give that classic two-deck mixer combo. When
used in this way, the setup looks mighty fine, but
for money or space conscious users, the V7 can be
used on its own to control both virtual decks of
the supplied Itch software.
Just to clarify, the V7 is ultimately designed to
be used with Serato’s Itch Digital Vinyl Software,
and is one of the ever-increasing number of
heavyweight, pro controllers designed to make
the most out of this nifty bit of digital DJing
software.
Exceptional
The V7 is of exceptional build quality and smacks
of professionalism. This deck is solid, heavy and
built from a rugged, all metal construction that
will definitely survive the rigors of life on the
road. The clever jocks amongst us will pack it up
in a flight case to protect its uber good looks.
The V7 is finished in sleek brushed black metallic
aluminum and the platter, knobs and faders all
have a reassuringly firm feel to them. The V7 also
doubles up as your audio interface, so audio from
Itch can be routed straight out of the deck — no
extra soundcards are needed. Just plug your
laptop in and you’re away, minimizing all the bulk
of an extra box and cabling.
Strip search
Another great feature found on the NS7 that has
been ported over to the V7 — which Numark will
point out they were the first to adopt — is the
needle search feature. Numark call this the Strip
Search function, a touch-sensitive strip that
sits at the top of the deck section of the V7. DJs
can scrub through their tracks to audition them
using this function, which works like picking
up the needle and placing it into the vinyl at
various points of its timeline, simply by sliding
your finger up and down it. This can all be viewed
directly from your laptop with the on-screen
waveform, just above the main waveform display.
All tunes from the music library in Itch can be
selected via the V7 using the rotary click knob to
scroll up and down. To load onto a deck, simply
push the Load A or Load B buttons. Navigating
through a music library takes no effort at all,
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PRICE
£549
CONTACT
numark.com
VERDICT
BUILD QUALITY 5.0
EASE OF USE 4.0
FEATURES 4.0
VALUE FOR MONEY 4.0
SOUND QUALITY 4.0
HYPE
Just liketheNS7, theV7has
performanceandscratch-
abilitywrittenall over it. Amust
for die-hardturntablefanatics.
GRIPE
Not quitetheall-in-onesolution
for controllingSerato’sItch, asa
mixer isstill needed.
The V7 opens up the
options for DJs to
consider when it comes
to which controller is best
for their needs. I loved
using it and my
scratching is shit, but it
took me back to the time
when I first started DJing.
This is definitely worthy
of a look, and the price
point isn’t bad at all.
4/5
Numark’s NS7 controller
enabling the DJ to concentrate on mixing duties
rather than on laptop functions — the V7 makes the
Itch software an absolute doddle to operate. DJs can
now spend less time looking at the screen reading
their emails or browsing internet porn mid-set and
more time enjoying actually doing what they are paid
to do — DJ.
Another bonus, small though it may be, is the
lighting on the V7. All the buttons on the deck
are backlit, which makes using the unit in a dark
club relatively simple. On the pitch bend fader,
for example, when the track is at its original pitch
the 0% light illuminates to indicate this. Simple
things like this just add that extra value to the user
experience.
Connection to your laptop is taken care of by one
USB lead. As stated earlier one V7 can control both
of your virtual decks on Itch. The back panel has
outputs for both decks A and B for hooking up to
the left and right input channels of a mixer. If two
V7s are going to be used, one deck hooks up to the
computer via USB and is allocated as the left, whilst
the other deck is linked together directly via the link
input and the supplied link lead, and allocated as the
right turntable.
Unlike some of the other controllers on the market,
the V7 is designed to mimic real turntables, so there
are no volume controls or headphone sockets built
onto the unit. Listening to the track that is going
to be cued up will have to be aided by your mixer of
choice. Some users might grumble at this, but hey,
these weren’t features on 1210s, either!
Loop Da Loop
Itch now ships with built-in FX, and the V7 has
an easy-to-use FX section consisting of a couple
of knobs and a slider. To choose the effect that is
desired, push the rotary knob to select, dial in how
much parameter of FX is needed, then apply with
the slider — that’s it. This can all be switched on
and off by one little button. The V7 also has a Loop
section for controlling Itch’s looping facilities. DJs
can choose between manual and auto-loop functions
and can alter these with a variety of controls such as
doubling, halving, loop shift, and manual controls.
Hot cue points can also be programmed into Itch
via the unit for DJ deck trickery and can be recalled
easily at the touch of a button. There are five hot cue
banks for storing your cue points so plenty of scope
for creative track marking — useful for scratch heads
to show off quick-fire scratch skills.
The V7 is a great bit of kit for using with Serato’s
Itch software, and there will be a true battle for
controller supremacy in the marketplace now. The
unit has instant appeal to old school vinyl heads and
true turntablists, but is not quite the all-in-one unit
of other manufacturer’s controllers. Despite this,
there is enough fun and quality with the V7 to lead
this unit to victory.
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In The Studio
THE TIME & SPACE
MACHINE
Richard Norris — aka The Time & Space Machine — invites us into his
cosmic castle and hips us to his production techniques…
R
ichard Norris has been a major player
in the electronic music scene for over
two decades. Originally known for his
iconic acid house cuts as part of The
Grid and now for his cosmic collaborations with
DJ/producer Erol Alkan as Beyond The Wizard’s
Sleeve, he has forged his own unique sound and
style.
With Richard Norris’s acclaimed new solo album
as The Time & Space Machine (out now on Tirk
Records) upping the psychedelic factor, and
delighting all lovers of tripped out, galactic
sounds, DJmag decided to delve into what makes
the cogs of Norris’ mind whirr — and how he
creates those cosmic grooves…
‘The Time & Space Machine’ is your new album,
recorded in your studio under a castle in Lewes.
What influences did you draw upon?
“Mainly music that stimulates the senses, that
uses the studio as an instrument, and has got
some kind of psychedelic slant… so psyche,
Krautrock, freakbeat, cosmic music of all forms,
plus a dose of electronics.”
How do you work in the studio?
“Normally, I have worked with one other person
on separate projects. Dave Ball in The Grid, Erol
Alkan in Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve, but with
the Time & Space Machine, it is more of a solo
project. Apart from a couple of drum and vocal
sessions, the album was recorded on my own, in
my studio under a castle in Lewes. I played guitar,
bass, keyboards, vocals and programmed and
mixed it all. It was a challenge, as I fnd working
with one other person quite a good way to go.
More than one opinion is sometimes useful. I
found with working on my own it was a bit more
organic. The tracks just developed a life of their
own and I followed where they were going.”
Can you give us a breakdown of your current
studio set up?
“As you can see, it’s a pretty basic affair. Logic
7 on my Powermac laptop, hooked up to a
Focusrite Sapphire audio interface, a Yamaha
02 mixing desk, a few rack mount synths, a
controller keyboard, a couple of mics for vocal
takes, and some guitars and effects pedals. For
my monitoring I am using Mackie 824s — they
are clear and true, and have got a great sound to
them. The bass response is really tight: I actually
prefer them to Genelecs. I like to keep my set-up
pretty straightforward, so I can just hit record
and get going.”
Do you use a lot of software in your set up,
then?
“Actually no, not really. I don’t use that many soft
synths: the Mellotron, that’s about it. I use a few
plugins for effects, like OhmBoyz Ohm Force, PCP
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TECH In The Studio
Nitro and Vintage Warmer, just a few delays
and compressors.”
So do you buy into the whole software vs
hardware argument, especially when it
comes to synths?
“I like to be a bit more hands-on when it
comes to recording, so I don’t use many
synth plugins. I prefer to use real keyboards
and synths… I do like the Mellotron plugin,
though.
“I actually have quite a few hardware synths
that I like to use when I’m recording. The
Access Virus, Roland Juno 106 and 101, SE-1,
EMU Vintage Keys, Matrix 1000, Yamaha CS5,
Wasp, Moog Prodigy. As well as the synths, I
use guitars: I have a Fender Stratocaster and
a Telecaster.”
When processing your sounds do you use a
lot of outboard equipment?
“I haven’t got a lot of outboard stuff. I use a
compressor, a few other vintage effects like
the Roland Space Echo, Electro Harmonix
Electric Mistress, Roland Digital Echo, and
a Korg Hammond Leslie simulator, that’s it,
really.”
What bit of kit is essential to the way you
work?
“Probably Logic, as it’s a very malleable
workhorse, has good sound quality, some
key internal effects and I know it pretty
well.”
You worked with DJ Erol Alkan on Beyond
the Wizard’s Sleeve. How did this
partnership work in the studio?
“It’s changed from when we frst started.
Then we were mainly doing a lot of edits,
which on the whole we did separately.
When we started doing the remixes, one of
us would start the mix, bounce it over to
the other person’s studio, who would then
add their bits to the track, then we’d come
together to work in one studio on the fnal
stages. As the new record involves vocals,
drums, strings and more, it has mainly been
me starting a track, sending it over to Erol
to add additional parts, working it up at
Erol’s, then recording additional parts like
drums and strings at Strongroom Studios in
London.”
Have your recording and production
techniques changed much since you were
in The Grid?
“There have been massive changes. When we
started with The Grid, we were mainly based
on Alesis MMT8 sequencers. Then we started
to use Cubase, then by our third album we
had moved onto Logic. All tracks were laid
down to two-inch tape in the studio, and
we tended to write and do all our remixes
in commercial studios, recording tracks
at Eastcote and mixing at Sarm, Olympic,
Metropolis, Townhouse, Matrix and many
other great London studios. For a few years,
we seemed to be going to a different studio
every week. Now I generally do most of my
work in my own studio, only venturing out to
another studio for live instrument sessions,
or occasionally to do fnal mixes, or if I’m
producing a band.
“In The Grid, everything was on tape, we’d
use a lot of outboard effects, and we’d do
mixes and dub mixes live on the desk, either
an SSL or a Neve. It was an all hands on deck
approach. With the advent of Protools in
studios, I think I’ve only used a two-inch
tape machine a couple of times in the last
few years. Which is a shame as they have a
great warm sound! However, the editing and
recall possibilities of Logic and Protools are
hard to beat.”
How do you go about recording a track?
“I mainly start with a melody, or a beat, or
actually just a general idea of the theme or
mood for a track, it all depends on the piece.
With the Time & Space album, I recorded
drummer Wildcat Will playing along to about
25 half-fnished ideas, then took the best
bits, edited the drums, then added vocals,
keyboards, guitars and mixed it.”
What piece of kit are you after at the
moment?
“I’d really like a Fender Rhodes suitcase
keyboard at the moment. It’s such a warm
and inviting sound, every time I play on one
I seem to come up with a new song.”
Can you give any advice to someone
looking to start making music?
“For electronic music, probably get Logic
and a laptop, a small Mackie desk, a Shure
SM57 microphone and a cheap keyboard.
Maybe a guitar or two. I’d probably use
plugins and then save up a bit of cash for
some analogue beasts. Another thing —
don’t buy too much gear, just work out what
you really need and learn to use it inside
out. You don’t necessarily need the latest bit
of shiny gear, just what works for the kind of
music you are going to make.”
Any last tips for budding producers?
“Keep going!”
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TECH The Block
CHIP
OFFTHE
OLD BLOCK
Livid unleash their multi-purpose, easy-to-use controller — The Block
PRICE
£349.99
CONTACT
lividinstruments.com
T
exas company Livid have been
making beautifully crafted
hardware such as Ohm 64,
as well as various software
products, since 2000 now. Their latest
product is The Block — a multi-purpose
controller for the digital DJ or VJ.
When we opened the box our first
impression was that The Block looked
pretty stylish and minimalist. The silver
front plate, blue LED pads and wood
casing go together very nicely.
The Block is minimalist in more ways
than one, though, as what is actually
sent is just the controller itself and a USB
lead. There’s no power cable because it
plugs and powers via the USB and there’s
not even an instruction manual. Some
people might see this as a downside, but
ultimately getting straight to grips with
the product in a hands-on fashion is less
time consuming than trawling through
a manual. Seasoned controller users will
find The Block relatively intuitive, while
others can find tutorial videos online.
The Block is built with a finely finished
jelutong wood casing with an anodized
aluminium faceplate screwed on top. The
rubberised buttons have got a good feel
to them and are backlit by a blue LED light
when active. In general, The Block appears
fairly sturdy although it could do with a
better design. After one slight knock, a
crack has appeared on the corner joint.
The main section of The Block houses
64 touch pads in rows of eight by eight.
There are two faders on the bottom left-
hand side of the unit, with seven function
buttons above these and eight rotary
knobs across the top of the unit. The
function buttons can be programmed to
change presets or sound banks. There is
also one larger button handy for tapping
out tempo changes on the fly.
Livid have built The Block to be able
to work with your software of choice
relatively easily. This comes in handy for
VJ applications such as Arkaos Grand VJ
or Cell DNA as it is layered out in a similar
way to these programs with the added
flexibility of the rotary knobs and faders.
Ableton live
To get an idea of its ease of use, we set
up The Block to work with Ableton Live
and got to it. Pressing MIDI learn in Live
chooses a function to be assigned. Press
a corresponding button on Block and
this will assign a function to that specific
button or knob just like that. It’s a doddle.
Endless combinations of presets can be
stored to your specific preference at the
touch of a button. The ease and simplicity
of The Block really stands out, although
there is a gripe in that the rotary knobs
across the top of the unit are not in line
with the touch pad. This can take a little
bit of getting used to when using The
Block for the first time, although after a
while knowing which knob corresponds
with which column becomes second
nature, so it’s not a major problem.
Livid also have a handy downloadable
Block Editor application, which provides
an interface for quickly changing MIDI
assignments and presets of the buttons,
sliders, knobs, and LEDs on the go. Livid
are constantly creating new software tools
and patches for The Block controller such
as a synth, sampler, sequencer, and Max
for Ableton Live set ups. The ideology
behind the software is about tweaking
and experimenting with the way The Block
can be used. It is also editable in Cycings
74 Max/MSP software. This makes it very
versatile and will have bags of appeal to
DJs and VJs alike.
In the current market of controllers, there
are a few contenders — particularly when
it comes to Ableton Live — and the Akai
MPC40/20, the Novation Launchpad,
and the Monome controllers all offer
variations on a theme. The Block is
slightly ahead of the Monome on the
control front, but it is not quite up there
with the Akai in terms of overall quality.
Among the cheaper options, however,
The Block is a solid choice thanks to its
responsive faders and rotary knobs,
which are not a feature on many of of the
alternatives.
words: TOMMY BOURNE
VERDICT
BUILD QUALITY 3.5
EASE OF USE 4.0
FEATURES 3.5
VALUE FOR MONEY 4.0
SOUND QUALITY N/A
HYPE
Anicesimpleandeasy-to-use
boxthat cancontrol amultitude
of DJingandVJingsoftware..
GRIPE
It’snot exactlypluginandplay,
sousersaregoingtohaveto
mapandprogramsomeof the
controller set-upsfromscratch.
The Block from Livid is a
cool looking controller
that is versatile in its use
and functions. All in all,
it’s a quick-fix controller
for use with not just your
DJing software but
anything you want to fire
at it.
3.5/5
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Korg Kaossilator Pro
CUTTING
ORDER
FROM KAOS
Radio 1’s hard dance champion
Kutski puts Korg’s new do-
it-all unit, the Kaossilator Pro
through its paces…
VERDICT
BUILD QUALITY 5.0
EASE OF USE 4.0
FEATURES 3.5
VALUE FOR MONEY 4.0
SOUND QUALITY 4.0
HYPE
Atrulyrevolutionaryapproach
toliveperformances.
GRIPE
Disappointingmidi
functionality.
A flexible solution for
professionals and
budding artists alike.
4/5
PRICE
£299
CONTACT
korg.couk
K
org have been one of the most reputable companies
in the electronic music scene since pioneering the
keyboard market as far back as the ’60s, but didn’t
really make a splash into the world of performance
DJ accessories until the late ’90s, with their now-legendary
Kaoss Pad effects unit. Let’s take a look at their latest creation
— a Frankenstein-style fusion of both their synthesis and DJ
FX, in the form of the exciting new Kaossilator Pro.
Those into their DJ technology will be familiar with Korg’s
original Kaossilator, which was a pocket-size synth that could
simply be hooked up to anything that had an audio input.
Despite it gaining a hardcore cult following, the slightly
fragile nature of the unit and its lack of features lead this to
be more of a cool toy to play with, rather than something that
would be of use in a professional capacity. However, this all
promises to change with the latest revision, in the form of its
big brother, the Kaossilator Pro.
It is designed to be a stand-alone synth, drum machine,
effects unit, and even a very basic sequencer which could be
used as part of a studio setup for live performances, or as an
addition to a DJ’s setup, to add textures to their sets. It comes
with 200 preset sounds, covering just about every perceivable
style of music that producers would wish to make, from jazz
to dubstep. The presets are broken down into leads, acoustic
instruments, one-hit drum samples, sweep effects and drum
loops.
The method in which these instruments are played is
completely unique to the Kaossilator Pro. The Kaossilator uses
the same XY pad that users of Korg’s other DJ style product
the Kaoss Pad will be familiar with. With musical presets
such as piano emulation, the ‘X’ axis controls the note that
is being played, whereas the ‘Y’ axis applies modulation,
which depending on the preset, varies from filters to reverbs,
distortion and the likes. Another aid Korg have thrown in
to help the less tactile musician amongst us is the gate/
arpeggiator. It will re-trigger or gate the note that is being
played to a musical timing that can be adjusted with a fader,
so no need to worry about repetitively hitting the pad in sync.
Adjusting the fader whilst simply sliding your finger randomly
around the pad can produce some epic, complex-sounding
riffs.
HEAVY-SOUNDING
The drum samples are broken up into one-shot kit samples
and loops. The one-shots allow the user to tap different
regions of the pad to trigger different hits within
the set, effectively enabling DJs to play in their own
drum patterns, much as they would in an MPC-style
sampler, and when used in conjunction with the gate
arpeggiator, this can produce some heavy-sounding
drum rolls. The unit also comes with an array of spooky space-
style sweeps and effects that would even make Doctor Who’s
panties moist!

As with all gadgets like this these days, the Kaossilator Pro
has midi function, albeit quite basic. This is where the unit
loses marks. Despite having full midi and USB connectivity,
users are very limited to how it can be used. My first instinct
was to connect a midi keyboard and play the instrument in a
more traditional way, but this is not possible. I understand
the charm of the unit is its unique interface for performance,
but if the ability to connect in a more elaborate way is there,
I cannot understand why they wouldn’t make use of this
opportunity. To add to the frustration, even though the unit
can receive midi data from a DAW such as Logic or Ableton
Live, and it detects clock tempo changes etc, there is no way
to sync them up, so it will constantly be playing out of time.
This leaves the midi functions limited — it just feels like it
could so easily do so much more.
Overall, this is a great new addition to what is possible with
live performances these days. The interface and how it is used
is really refreshing. With Korg having thrown the traditional
rulebooks away, they have succeeded in making this the
professional version of the original Kaossilator, listening to
the users, adding all the missing links, and packaging it in a
robust body casing, and despite some minor midi issues that
I’m sure could be fixed in firmware, the Kaossilator Pro is ideal
for aspiring and professional DJs and musicians alike. Being
such a flexible tool, I’m quite excited to see how different
artists will find different ways to use it.
words: KUTSKI
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We reveal some handy tips and tricks to help you on
the road to wicked productions...
IF YOU GOT yourself a copy of
Fedde Le Grand’s recent Toolroom
Knights mix, then you’ll be well
acquainted with Fedde and Funker-
man’s killer collaboration ‘An Old
Technique’. One part jackin’ tech-
house, one part filtered funk, it
reinvigorates classic influences with
a totally fresh groove and features
a cleverly chopped vocal sample
that adds a hypnotic, 4am edge. We
chatted to Fedde on how it all came
together.
“Funkerman had come up with a re-
ally nice basic disco beat, which re-
ally inspired me the minute I heard
it,” explains the Dutch house hero.
“He passed the beat over to me and I
filled in the blanks in the percussion
and rhythmic sections with some
congas and a couple of hi-hat lines,
putting everything together in a nice
D-swing.
“I then came up with a bassline that
fitted around the elements we’d
already created and found this funny
sample that slotted into it perfectly. I
FEDDE LE GRAND & FUNKERMAN
‘AN OLD TECHNIQUE’
SAMPLE TANK: ZERO G: VOCAL FACTORY
added some IK multimedia reverb,
and then I cut up the sample, so that
this became the lead sound. The IK
reverb has plenty of natural options
and parameters to choose from which
allows me to adapt it to any sound in
the mix. It takes some playing with to
FURIOUS FRED PRESENTS
‘BRAND NEW FUNKY’

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UNDER the microscope this month is
Furious Fred’s ‘Brand New Funky’ — a
soul-tinged, synth-laden house track that
touches on the nu disco genre. Listening to
the overall mix, we think we may have
someone trying to pull the wool over the
doctor’s eyes. It’s pretty damn perfect.
The track uses a lot of cut up vocals and
samples in the form of the Jackson Five and
other old school hip-hop flavours. The
intricate nature of these samples could be
an area in which the mix would fall down,
but the balance and the production
processing is excellent.
When listening to the track you can hear
the spatial elements of the reverb and
effects that have been applied to the
samples to glue them into the mix. The
synth sounds all have their place in the mix
and are not sitting too ‘safe’. There is
movement and good stereo placement that
appear as the sounds play, a good
technique to make a track sound dynamic.
I think we have professionals here trying to
play a trick on the doctor! The bass sound is
particularly interesting as it is loaded with
distortion and grunt, but still cuts through
with quite a lot of definition rather than
sounding muddy.
The drums work well and add lift when
needed. The strings have a good full tone to
them, and don’t drown out the other
elements. We think someone is up to no
good here as this track is what you’d expect
from a producer who has been in the game
for quite some time.
Upload your tracks to the new Mix Doctor
dropbox at http://soundcloud.com/
mixdoctor/dropbox
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master all the possibilities, that’s if
you ever find them all.”
“When that was all done, I arranged
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words: MICK WILSON
KILLER SOUNDS
How to create the freshest sounds
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ALL PRODUCERS must have hit this problem: got a corking
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The pack contains vocal samples of male and female singers
covering a multitude of styles including vocals from pop,
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downtempo voxes, which are good for adding vocals to more
leftfield-style tracks.
Included in the collection is the Vocal India pack. Probably
not for everyone’s tastes, it’s a quirky little tool for producers
looking to add a different flavour to their dance tracks.
All the vocal samples have been recorded by professional
singers and come with accompanying harmonies. The Vocal
Toolbox is a good feature for getting all vocally creative in
your tracks, offering vocal samples in a variety of ways from
single line delivery to scratches, mashed up voxes with added
FX, and human beatbox for that Jamie Liddell-type effect.
The vocal samples in the packs have all been recorded by
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SAMPLE MAGIC are one of the biggest names in
dance music when it comes to sample libraries, so
when they release what they’re calling ‘the essential
guide to producing cutting-edge house music’ we
wanted to know if it’s something worth checking
out.
Scanning the pages, the first thing to notice is the
slick and simple layout. Broken down into different
production categories and musical genres, it is easy
to find something that will be of use to all budding
producers.
Don’t be under any illusion, though, this book isn’t
going to make you the next Mylo or Calvin Harris
overnight. Readers still have to learn their trade and
that takes time and effort. What it does do is point
producers in the right direction with some very
useful advice.
Sample Magic got together with music journal-
ist and tech-head Mark Adamo to write the book
and there are also words of wisdom from a few of
clubland’s most prolific producers such as The Young
Punx, Way Out West and Mark Knight who have all
added a little contribution to the content by sharing
the secrets they have learned during their years in
the studio. This adds to the learning experience of
the book because you’re getting proper tips and
advice from real producers who have already made a
mark in the dance community.
The Secrets of House Music Production focuses
on the main software music packages like Logic,
Cubase and Ableton but the techniques can be used
with any musical production software so it doesn’t
limit itself here. Essentially, the book is quite a
basic and simple read but this doesn’t make it light
on information — it’s exactly the opposite. All the
information is easily digested and doesn’t boggle
the mind.
If you are in the market for a guide to production,
there are a lot of books and videos out there and
they all vary in quality and usefulness. Some are
quite a headfuck to read and take a degree in rocket
science to understand. Others offer no real advice
at all.
The Secrets of House Music Production is a nice bal-
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be as informative to the seasoned professional.
EXPERIMENT with
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WORK with what you have
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IF a track doesn’t sound
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Better to get it right at
source than trying to
rescue it at the end.
AN EASY way to time-
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Ableton Live. Ableton does
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sequencers like Cubase.
It’s fast to use as well.
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Serving DJs and producers for over 25 years.
call 020 8208 6988
VCI100 controller
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A high quality com-
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away easly £79
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Akai APC40
Developed with
Ableton, the
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controller
£379
Traktor Duo ...... £79
Traktor Pro ......£165
Traktor Pro (Upgrade
from LE) ................ £99
Traktor Pro (Update
from 1,2,3) ............ £69
£499
£299
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MIDI controller
& complete
produc-
tion tool,
thousands of
samples included
NEW v1.5 out now!
winner!
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Essential DJ
Serato Scratch SL3
Industry Standard
Easy to use,
low spec requirements
£529
V7 itch controller
motorized itch
controller with
effects
£549
£1275
MPK25
Compact, well
built controller.
£199
DNS1200
CD, MP3, USB
Player with MIDI
£429
DNX1700
Effects, colour
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£1499
DNHC1000S
£149
Midi controller for
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PL[HUZLWKÀOWHUV
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Live Controller
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mixdeck
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RekordBox
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djm2000
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£169
DNX1600
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Edwin Congreave is the keyboard player from
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What’s the track that takes you back to
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“The album ‘Murmur’ by R.E.M. It’s their first
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What was the first track that you ever
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think I bought a lot of really shit r&b singles
when I was about 10, which is probably best
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“I was a huge Blur fan, it was one of my first
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even the thank you list.
“I only saw them recently, because we played a
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could have hoped for.”
What always gets you on the dancefloor?
“‘You Don’t Know Me’ by Armand Van Helden,
because it’s played everywhere and it’s just
amazing, isn’t it? It’s like the ultimate party
tune, wedding tune, huge club tune, it’s vocal
and it’s still underground.”
What’s the most valuable record that you
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either got stolen or there was some horrific
accident and it got left somewhere. We went
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got a 12” that’s worth something over £100, I
only got it a couple of years ago, it’s by Mala
called ‘Left Leg Out’. He’s one half of Digital
Mystikz. Apparently it’s really rare now.
“When I lost everything I was really
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joy to it and I listened to it many, many times
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What’s guaranteed to make you cry?
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Your all time favourite track of all time?
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‘Lady’ by Modjo is probably my favourite. I
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026 BROOKLYN CALLING!
We get behind the phenomenon that is NYC outfit Wolf + Lamb — production duo, label family, movement and club event.

comin’ up

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06 Acid house pioneers unite for good
cause with Last Night A DJ Saved My Life

033 IBIZA SPECIAL

018 Fashion 023 The Rave Goblin 024 Bitchin’

All the hottest news from the hottest island in dance music including 15 Years Of DJmag Ibiza at Space and a VIP competition to be there.

044 HITTING THE GROUND RUNNING

We chat to Glimpse in the wake of his perfectlyformed debut album ‘Runner’ and ahead of his new live residency at Ibiza’s Space.

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092 The We Fear Silence crew take
over Cable’s Saturday night programming

048 FROM DISCO TO DISCO

We explore the resurgence of sensuous disco-influenced sounds and their influence on the White Isle.

102 The best raves in the land this
month

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054 SONAR 2010

104 We tag British hip-hop DJ Yasmin at
South Africa’s H20 party

We pick the essential acts to catch at this year’s Sonar with a little help from Mary Anne Hobbs.

106 On the road with James Zabiela 109 Hyp! Hyp! Hyp! at Brixton’s Plan B

066 DOP ON PLASTIC

Piss-taking Parisian trio dOP are laying down a new future for organic house.

070 PACHA SUMMER IBIZA 2010 072 BEATFREAK MANIFESTO 077 SEALED WITH A KISS 089 FROM OMG TO MIA

Rising Pacha star Juan Diaz mixes this month’s anthem-filled, Balearic-themed covermount CD.

music
114 Killers — this month’s essential
anthems

A new generation of beatfreaks are taking the breaks template into new mongrel territory.

117 In the Bag — Style Of Eye 118 Singles 136 Albums 140 Compilations

Deep house master Phonique is back with a seductive summer LP ‘Kissing Strangers’.

Things are kicking off big style for Rusko — the rowdiest soundboy in dubstep.

tech
142 Tech news, including the latest
news on Pioneer’s CDJ350 and DJM350

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149 Numark’s V7 turntable raises the
game

152 In the studio with Richard Norris
aka The Time & Space Machine

155 The Block controller from Livid 156 Kutski reviews the new Kaossilator
Pro

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158 Production tips and tricks

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Trevor Fung.djmag. attempt to steal your girlfriend. With a screening of They Call It Acid – The Movie. one love. Which means it’s the original mad heads of the Summer Of Love who are behind Last Night A DJ Saved My Life. it promises a diverse selection of dancefloor beats. 006 DJ486. with all cynical money-making activity that goes with it. as we’re all part of a tribe in a roundabout way so it’s kind of one world.018 THE coolest festival attire to be bustin’ out this summer. with a line-up including Alfredo. and fellow Steel City resident (where Jonny is also originally from) Chris Duckenfield. a new charity based around the motto ‘unity. “Quite a few different people come to Ibiza from Uruguay. Toddla T mentor Winston Hazel.” explains Jonny. The following night at The Light Bar it’s Balearic Mystique. its aim is to raise funds and awareness for humanitarian and environmental causes. the evening welcomes The Acid House Effect. a friend of Jonny’s since they met in Thailand in 1991 where he was running a bar called The Vinyl Café. Mancunian legend Moonboots. on his support for Survival. Mark Wilkinson and Nancy Noise as Acid house pioneers support DJ charity ambassadors. and I’ve heard stories of their tribes being displaced. and inspired by taking part in charity fun runs.upfront1. raising money for Survival International who support indigenous tribes. With Danny Rampling heading up a roll-call of talent such as Ross Allen. one tribe.013 THE hot new acts causing a commotion this month. Steve Proctor. it’s this original spirit of community which is driving the whole endeavor. It’s exactly what the Avatar movie represents. “I’m trying to bring together the dance tribes. “I’ve had various contacts with shamen.023 OUR resident ranter pulls no punches! Back to Love THESE DAYS top-name jocks are less likely to save your life than they are to play an overblown set of identikit Beatport bangers. a film on the acid house movement. community and serious fun’. A Man Called Adam and DJ History’s Bill Brewster.” Clichéd though it may sound to those who’ve grown-up a generation removed in an era when clubbing has become a mainstream leisure activity. Fashion p. a night of pioneering DJs at Corsica Studios. Balearic Mike. the party Jonny started in Ibiza last year and has grown into a Balearic DJ agency. the charity launches on May 29th at Ibiza’s International Music Summit before a series of events in London beginning Saturday 5th June. Rave Goblin p. in Soho in the afternoon. Ecuador and Brazil. Set up last year by Ibiza-based Jonny Lee at the same time as his production company Follow Your Heart.indd 6 www.Makin’ Noise p. Colin Hudd.com 14/5/10 16:18:14 . who’s been going to Ibiza since 1987. Nancy Noise. With Shoom’s Danny Rampling. World Environmental Day. There’s a real breakdown of community when the mining companies try to take over the land. then have you thrown out of the VIP area by their burly crew of minders because they’ve thrown some kind of bearded diva hissy-fit.

“I was an acid house clubber before the gangsters got involved and you had the moodiness and commercial element. It’s like a vocal machine gun and comes with an awesome mix by rising dubstep star. Alfredo SINGLE + REMIX! ETIENNE DE CRECY ‘Hope (Remixes)’ Legend of the Gallic old guard.” “The whole thinking and philosophy behind Balearic has never really changed. and the excellent Djedjotronic mix makes a marvellous Crookers impersonation. RIGHT NOW! “There was a strong spirit. Eddy Temple-Morris presents ‘The Remix’ every Friday. If Eminem was a Manc.indd 7 www.survivalinternational. Buy it.” recalls Danny Rampling on the early days of acid. TIP! UNICORN KID ‘Dream Catcher’ Data He was the Head (Secret) Gardener’s top tip from South By Southwest this year. Xfm Scotland and Xfm Manchester.org CAMO & CROOKED ‘History Of The Future’ Audioporn These boys prove their brutal Hadouken remix wasn’t a fluke with this bonkers tune that flits gorgeously between drum & bass and electro. “Everything gets pigeon-holed and put into genres now and Balearic is an openness to music really. It’s the world’s largest synchronized dance event which also raises money for charity. That was what was so powerful about it.com 14/5/10 16:18:29 . Expect big things now Data have got hold of this progressive Scotsman who makes lovely. deliver the biggest kick that dance music arse has felt for quite some time.upfront1.djmag. or running scared. and a girl. ALBUM! NOISIA ‘Split The Atom’ Vision The producers that have all other producers scratching their heads. SkisM. this is the tune he’s been dropping from his mad colour-box live show.” Just don’t mention rave.” With plans to take the charity global from the winter. lush sound. 10pm – 1am. this is what he’d sound like. bleepy dubstep. The original will excite all us side-chain compressor lovers. This is a thing of true shock and awe.Steve Proctor EDDY TM’s Stamp of Approval Where dance meets rock every issue… Chris Duckenfield Colin Hudd SINGLE + REMIX! ENVY ‘Normal’ Stop/Start Fresh from her venomous co-lead vocal with Riz MC on Losers’ debut single ‘Flush’. “I cringe at that word. on Xfm London. Big. 007 DJ486. Jonny is a hive of activity gearing up to run Balearic Mystique weekly in Ibiza this summer. this sees the brilliant young Mancunian spit blood onto a CD. He’s also going to be “co-producing a Balearic festival with the guys from Folk in Manchester” from 22nd – 26th July and putting on “an event called Earth Dance TUNE! Ibiza which is part of this global network. wonky. It’s on September 18th and it’s in about 200 locations in 50 counties. Rave was the demise of acid house.” Rampling adds when asked about his own DJ set at the event. “It was new and it created this unity consciousness between many networks of people. that was what was so fresh about it. It’s a warm.” says Jonny. Acid house to me was a really positive ethos and a major part in social change at the time.” www. “best performance I saw”.

his girlfriend gets out of bed once and ends up on Crosstown Rebels. No. check into. No more techno sidestep. Out now is the ‘Joint Custody EP’. which adds Ross Tanner (one half of Mothership’s Voodeux) and Boston after-hours legend Sergio Santos to the Soul Clap mix. for an EP of the deepest. it distils their myriad influences into a potent Efunk brew. there’s a new breed of producers who are taking their inspirations from less obvious. alongside R Kelly and Lonnie Liston Smith re-edits. “When we did mixes we’d always make custom versions of songs to put them on For the ultimate glamping festival experience.” Also available are the ‘Clapz II Dogz EP’ on Glasstable Records. and the debut of Boston super-group SECT. 008 DJ486. Featuring their first original vocal on ‘Action/Satisfaction’ (“we bought that off the guy for $40.com 17/5/10 14:39:44 . friends on a wave of original material that follows since high school and a DJ/production partnership since being booked to play together in Washington in 2001. aka Eli Goldstein and Charles Levin... before finally releasing it last year. But it’s their July EP for Crosstown Rebels that is set to land the Soul Clap mothership firmly on terra firma. the stoned crunk-funk of ‘Noneadatwhitestar’. sexy. a collaboration with Wolf + Lamb’s Gadi Mizrahi on his new vinyl-only Double Standard Records. the result of an afternoon jam between Sergio Mendez’s girlfriend and Charlie (“this dude is working 40 hours to be somebody.” says Eli. aka Chaz Shabaz and E-Heavy.upfront2. and can be heard throughout June as they post a classic mix each week on their podcast. sent Zev Eisenberg a re-edit of Stevie Wonder’s ‘Love Light’ which he snapped up for Wolf + Lamb Black in 2007.” interjects Charlie). Soul Clap are now concentrating and DJs after Eli and Charlie. extend a different part or take off some of the rap. We want winding ‘n grinding and romance. the pair became involved with the Marcy Hotel’s influential circle of producers Instead. more oblique sources to create a sound that both tips its head to the past while also striding firmly ahead of the pack into the future.” he laughs) and ‘Break 4 Life’. slo-mo house route.indd 8 e www. their vinyl-only label. recent remixes for Suol. “If people aren’t getting laid at the end of the night we’re not doing our job.19 Music and Wolf + Lamb. the mix to make it more interesting.” says Eli. Boston’s Soul Clap. “add an acappella on top.” a fact born out on their recent Efunk mixtape which throws a re-edited Miles Davis into the mix alongside Slick Rick and Zapp for a tempo-tampering drop top Caddy ride through Soul Clap’s world. dopest slow-jams on LA-based Culprit.djmag. “The most important reason we’re going back to vinyl is because we love record stores. really are as cosmically out there as their adopted umbrella term of Efunk (“everybody’s freaky under nature’s kingdom”) implies. So we’re trying to keep them alive.com Part of Wolf + Lamb’s extended family. “We’re trying to bring basslines back to the dancefloor and change the way people dance.BOSTON OUT! Soul Clap bring the Efunk WITH PLENTY OF HOUSE stuck in the groove of endlessly recycling and looping up snippets of its own past.” Read the full interview online now at djmag. “Boston record shops were where everyone met and taught us so much growing up. Their latest single for Wolf + Lamb Black sees them taking Jaime Foxx down a dark. In this respect. aka Cnyce and Elyte.. a joint release with Dirty Bird signings Catz and Dogz.” Eli tells DJmag over the phone from a road trip. and marks the end of their bootlegging. which features booming 808s aplenty. an official reworking of Goldie’s ‘Timeless’.

Michael Mayer ‘Immer 3’ (Kompakt) 05. 2010 is when I will release my first album and a new label is on the way too. Blondes ‘Touched’ (Merok) 08. that’s gonna be huge. “Usually I have problems finding something good because you have so much crap. While Terje is keen for the release to mark the end of his re-edit proclivity. by New Mjøndalen Disco Swinger. something more musical from what I have done in the past. Todd Terje (or Terje Olsen to his mates) has always been a welcome breath of fresh air. Me and lots of friends are also going back to vinyl. This is my playable compromise.” he says of this obvious disdain for prescribed cool. “It’s more if I can play something that’s bad and make it work. The dOP album is planned for the second part of the year too. www. Kabuki ‘Generation X (Eveson 140 Refix)’ (V Recordings) CREDIT TO THE RE-EDIT Todd Terje flips the script IN A GENRE constantly treading the fine-line between serious muso credentials and a taste for music that wanders into the incredulously cheesy. ‘Eurodans’. It even covers Ace Of Base’s ‘All That She Wants’ in a dub-stylee. on one hand extreme poppiness.djmag. cut-up female vocals and warm stabs.. “It’s a tribute band from my home town. and the latter adding some nasty bass tones and four-four underpinning to the action.com 009 17/5/10 14:40:00 DJ486. a separate 7” and 12” feature previously unreleased tracks from the compilation.” With an effortless ability to turn tracks like M’s ‘Pop Musik’ into Balearic belters.. The disco DJ with a difference. and on the other extreme dubbiness. it emphasises exactly the kind of hybrid post-breaks sounds that Chew The Fat! has embraced lately. even if I never stopped buying it. Terje’s ‘Remaster of the Universe’ compilation. Hot City ‘Another Girl’ (Moshi Moshi) I 20 10 SEUIL “I really love looking forward in the music scene. all skittering beats. Delorean ‘Subiza’ (True Panther Sounds) 07. and an amazing dawn for new labels and new music is going on. “I tried to do ‘The Conga’ but I didn’t get too far. means you’ll hear plenty more from this pair this year. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs ‘Blood Pressure feat Riko’ (Greco-Roman) 02. and solo Randomer EP for Instru:mental’s Autonomic. Supported by Gilles Peterson and Mary Anne Hobbs. the compilation includes his cosmic Turkish take on Simon Baker’s ‘Plastik’ and a polka ‘cover’ of his euro-synth classic. Wolf + Lamb ‘Love Someone’ (Wolf + Lamb) 03. Various ‘International Deejay Gigolos 12’ (Gigolo) 04. But in this case the 12” version had so much percussion there were too many ways to go!” 09.” With an infectious party mix and a second CD with unmixed tracks. there are one or two unfinished projects which could yet see the light of day.” he admits on his most unlikely re-edit. With the former track a perfect slice of future-garage.indd 9 .SOLID GROOVE Fat! Records drops second release from Randomer and Fife The reinvigorated Fat! Records has just released the double-sided ‘Too Many Times/Slum City’ from the double-headed beast of Randomer and Fife. a collection of his greatest re-edits. WHAT’S ON THE OFFICE STEREO? IN ASSOCIATION WITH The music that’s been keeping us sane while putting this issue together… 01. Fred Everything ‘Om Masters’ (Om) 10. Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno ‘Dog On A Rope’ (Tru Thoughts) 06. a further forthcoming release for Soul Jazz.” Or why not create your own glamping nirvana at.upfront2. “I’m not an Ace Of Base fan but I had the idea it would be fun to take. displays all the tongue-in-cheek humour of a man who chose his name because it sounds a bit like Todd Terry while boasting more puns than your typical DJmag article (check out Kacic Kullmann’s Five’s ‘Terjelator’). remixes and originals.

com 17/5/10 12:28:00 .indd 10 www.SECRET GEDDES WEAPON THE DJ’S GUARANTEED KILLER! TOM DEMAC murmur ‘Crewcuts & Curls’ With remixes from Wolf + Lamb. One of the best releases on murmur so far. stripping it back to bare bones and give it an awesome bassline. I’ve had such fun playing all of the mixes attached to Tom’s original EP. a must-have EP in my opinion.djmag. Jamie Jones and Luke Solomon there really is something for everyone here.upfront3. Wolf + Lamb take ‘In Your Eyes’ and slow everything down. HEART TO BEAT Grum drops his debut album 010 DJ486. From peak time to early morning after hours. Jamie takes ‘Crewcuts & Curls’ and forges a vocal workout while Luke takes the same track and does something truly amazing and inspiring.

upfront3. plus confirmed summer festival dates at London’s T In The Park and Creamfields. my friends were going mental but I’m quite a quiet guy. YOUR live acts… We pick the best each issue! proving he still has an ear for soaring sing-a-long potential. aka Daniel Ciavarella of Melbourne.” he replies when quizzed about the obvious risks in choosing to mess with an iconic track from such a universally revered artist. to hear Grum’s music doing the talking this summer.” he adds. the aptly-titled electro pile-driver ‘Power’. here’s a blast of the equally unlikely Matisyahu.cc/tmqom Festival season is upon us with more choices than ever before (minus poor Glade) so Adam Buxton puts his designer welly boot into the Big Chill generation and their picnic hampers. reggae artist and badman beatboxer. whereas I’ve gone the other way. With Grum’s eye-catching artwork — based around square barcodes — also designed by The Phantom.com 011 17/5/10 12:28:05 DJ486. “I know quite a lot of his work and obviously his track with Daft Punk was massive. Pick ‘n’ Mix CIAV MAY SUPER MIX CIAV. It’s a cool little nod towards them. “It was my dad’s music. but we’re quite different too. “He wasn’t even that big an influence.” admits Grum.cc/gwyl http://tiny.com/ciav How it works Tangled Web http://tiny. Bobby McFerrin (singer of ‘Don’t Worry. I’m interested to hear him come back.cc/x7o0q Having been given Wolf + Lamb’s ‘Since when do Jews make techno?’ stickers. It was the first time I’d properly heard one of my tracks in a club. YOUR productions. Kam KHD410 strip ad DJ Mag. what does he think about the possibility of being in competition with the man from the Isle Of Skye? “We’re quite similar in a way. Post a link to your mixes. and despite the imminent release of his album. whose performance on ‘Turn It Up’ sounds like a lost Streetwave classic.indd 11 . then sloped off to the bar. referencing the ’80s anthem which also formed the basis of Linus Loves’ far less subtle Match Of The Day anthem. It was just one of those moments where I was really enjoying it. Pollyester’s ‘German Love Letter’ and Henrik Schwarz’s stoned-cold classic ‘Feeling You’ YOUR mixes. where he’ll unveil his new live show. may have only played out a few times but judging from this mix . while the release of killer singles (and album tracks) ‘Heartbeats’ and ‘Can’t Shake This Feeling’ point to the kind of potentially chart-topping melody maker being snaffled up by the biggest vocalists in the US at the moment. http://tiny. so I’m quite looking forward to it. who created the look of Mylo’s ‘Destroy Rock & Roll’. and house legend Romanthony on the album’s biggest dancefloor killer. Ciav journeys through the cream of nu-disco and deep house.COM’s ‘Pick ‘n’ Mix’ forum. Another stand-out track destined. then you now know who to blame. “It started out as more of a remix I did for someone. I’m sure he’s got a big track nobody’s heard yet. I used to hate it at the time but as I got older I just came back to it.” laughs Grum. on the heavy shadow of pop legends like ELO.any canny promoters should track him down pronto because boy got game! Starting out with Matthew Herbert’s beautiful ‘Leipzeg’. a track originally released on Mylo’s Breastfed label.” Out now on Heartbeats. he’s still coming to terms with the idea of fame as illustrated by the time he heard Aeroplane drop one of his tracks at Space. alongside influences such as Daft Punk more analogous with his youthful 24 years of age.” explains Graeme of the album’s looming crossover appeal.” It’s this kind of generous humility that underlies Grum’s fashionable exterior.” Grum says. Be Happy’) performs some multiphonic singing at Montreal in 2005.If you’ve heard the inevitable comparisons between Grum and Mylo. We listen to as many posts as we can and pick the best each issue. Fleetwood Mac and The Human League over his debut album ‘Heartbeats’. is a vocodered cover of David Bowie’s ‘Fashion’.cc/gwyl8 With some even more brain-boggling vocal effects. tunes or live sets on DJMAG.” As such the long roll-call of guest vocalists includes Canadian electro-pop duo (and childhood sweet-hearts) Electric Youth. instead. it follows plenty of blog heat since the Scotsman first appeared.qxp:Layout 1 18/01/2010 11:48 Page 1 www. “I’ve moved in a poppier direction from my first tracks which came out two years ago but I’m really happy to have the album out there as I’m really proud of it. “It was my remix of Freeland. “His new stuff seems to have gone more underground. Sick. a bit Booka Shadey and cooler. probably to the horror of music purists everywhere. an American Hasidic Jew. It was originally an electro-house cover. to find itself as the backing to a high-end advert. Australia. “It’s driving music. Remember to include a pic and a brief biog with your post! http://tiny. aka Graeme Shepherd. “When I started on the record I wanted to make something a bit more memorable than just an electronic dance record. It was really nice. no doubt. If you listen it’s almost a mash-up with Stevie Nicks’ ‘Stand Back’. ‘The Terrace’. soundcloud.” Expect.djmag.

Jocks. the Israeliborn.indd 12 www. Digweed and co. half dead!” CHORD MEMORY Guy J and the return of melody BA LAND IN IBIZA World’s favourite airline on the world’s favourite island BACK TO ‘86 Reader donates DJmag history We took a trip down memory lane recently when an avid reader dropped in his collection of DJmags and our earlier pre-1991 guise. “I have loads of vinyl from years ago so it was a dream to be part of it. “I used to love everything Bedrock did. spine-tingling chords is matched by an appreciation of tougher dancefloor sensibilities. “Half live. It’s not really techhouse. our personal favourites include April 1988’s cover star Steve Wright (who banned acid house from his Radio One show) and December 1990’s combination of rave experimentalist The Scientist and pop-rapper MC Hammer.com 12/5/10 16:13:06 . Fridays and Sundays.” “It’s not really live.” recalls Matt.” As such his new album comes in two parts. one CD of chill-out downtempo material and a second featuring a brand new selection of previously unreleased dance material. Stretching back to 1986 when Edwin Starr fronted the first Jocks. free baggage allowance. With all-inclusive one-way fares available to book on BA. BA are also launching flights to Majorca.50pm. or terrace. my synth and maybe some drum machines in the future. it’s semi-live.1. “I’m going to play more original tracks and edits that I’ve made than when I usually play. Belgium-based artist currently preparing his second album for the label after 2008’s critically acclaimed debut ‘Esperanza’. And for those who fancy some sun without the temptation of the world’s largest clubs.upfront4. more minimal forms of house but its melodic legacy has never died.” he says of the challenge in tackling such a huge crowd. flying out of London City Airport. Guy’s ear for emotive. on 29th May — ensuring clubbers can arrive at the White Isle in style. “Then 2003 to 2004 when I managed to get bootleg of the month every other issue with my music productions!” British Airways launched their new Ibiza service. “I don’t consider myself as only progressive.” he adds of this current set-up.com from £69. everyone has more than one sound.djmag. This summer will see him testing the album out with appearances at a number of festivals including his spiritual home of the Bedrock Arena at South West Four on Saturday 28th August. the service most definitely includes frills with complimentary food and drink. Flights begin on Mondays. “I’ve done around 70 percent. “My favourite era was ‘88 to ‘92 when the dance scene for me exploded. too. 012 DJ486. more big stuff.PROGRESSIVE HOUSE ruled the ‘90s and beyond before being overshadowed by bleepier. Jumping aboard a brand new Embraer 190 aircraft. it’s more progressive-techno. in less than three hours — perfect for a weekend break. flying out between 7am and 1pm and returning between 11am and 5. who spent the late ‘80s and ‘90s DJing as Vinyl Matt (appearing in DJmag for an article on pirate radio) before playing celebrity hangouts in the noughties and setting up a successful music and DJ consultation company.” he says of the tracks that have also appeared on Tiga’s hip Turbo label. ravers can get from the heart of the capital to the beach. It’s good to find other labels to release music on. the collection marks 24 years of collecting since the age of 17. Donated by Matt Maurice. free online check-in and seat selection 24-hours before departure.” says Guy J proudly.” Purveyor of lush mood music that touches as much on the experimentalism of James Holden as the heroes whose footsteps he’s following in. while an additional Wednesday flight is scheduled for the season’s peak in July and August. It’s a big thing for me. It’s been re-imagined and redefined by a generation of artists brought up on the sound of Sasha. “It’s hard to give what I do one name. But the remaining 30 percent is very important!” he laughs. These days. “I’m playing with Ableton and a midi-controller but I’m hoping to add instruments.

DJ and vocalist Rachel Star. aka Jamie Kavanagh. Rachel joining after hearing their initial forays together.LA FRENCH TOUCH Human Life drop their debut single WHILE THE WINE-WASTING. drops sometime around October and is preceded by second single ‘Wherever We Are’. the former two met at the party of a mutual Swedish house producer friend. freedom fry-naming antics of George Bush-era America suggested the country once had an uneasy relationship with France. Numbers. a US tour starts in the summer before they hit the UK and Europe in the autumn. and producer.indd 13 . Jaymo & Andy George and Louis La Roche adding various dancefloor slants. keyboards and vocals. the arrival of Human Life. “It seems to be a lot of people from around the world are moving here as they realise the weather is amazing and it’s the place to be. “We all used to get together at weekends for a mix. released 7th June on LIFEX Records. www.” says Matt.” NEW AC A COMMOT TS CAUSING ION THIS M ONTH. but in the meantime. it’s both nature and nurture propelling you into a life of low-frequency manipulation.djmag. casually of his Southern Fried-signed friend. ‘The Vulture EP’. telling how the band met him at the WMC two years ago and sent him a demo that he then signed. And I’ve known Pete.” And with new friends like these. With their live show combining Ableton Live with live bass.upfront4.” adds Matt of LA’s growing influence. ‘PClart’ and ‘Tightly Closed’ are cloaked in r&b’s sweetness while containing the metallic exo-skeleton of a Cyberdynemanufactured dancefloor killer. along with the likes of Sinden. a huge rave-synth-filled breakdown igniting all elements and blasting them off into space. “We’ve been a fan since his Roulé releases. There are already talks of a follow-up. A1 Bassline. since I was about 11. which already has remixes lined-up from Grum and Boston’s Nightriders. “I’m also doing a guest mix for Mary Anne Hobbs on June 9th which I’m really looking forward to. “People like Switch and Adam Freeland live here now. With a host of remixes from Kris Menace.” It seems only logical that his first ‘Quotes EP’ (out now) has just dropped on purveyors of shimmering electronic crunchiness.” Jamie adds of the Radio 1 tastemaker most responsible for breaking new bass acts.. collaborations are underway with Tek-One and Al Bassline. vocalist Matt Wasley. Debut single ‘In It Together’.2. at least in the States. A further project with old school garage legends Dem 2 is also on the cards. a slice of euphoric rave-infused dubstep. playing garage and d&b. It was an absolutely amazing experience to get to work with him and see the way he operates.. “She’s given me so much support.” CROYDON COUNCIL Kavsrave and his South-East bass crew CROYDON residents already seem to be born with a gene that facilitates the making of bass music. three friends from LA. seems to have healed that rift. Acid Girls.” says Kavsrave. A collaboration between DJ/producer Joshua Collins.com 013 12/5/10 16:11:01 DJ486. who has over 200 releases to his name. So when your best mates growing-up are A1 Bassline and Joy Orbison. the group’s je ne sais quoi has already captured the attention of the legendary Alan Braxe. Joy Orbison.” he adds of future garage’s current hot property. “After that he called us and said he was coming to LA and wanted to produce some music with us. combines the warm wandering funk bass of classic French house with the kind of electro-pop falsetto that could come from a Kitsune track. the latter pairing having already produced last year’s blog bomb ‘Lucky Charms’. it doesn’t take a genius to realize big things are on the way. Sounding like the playlist of a pay-as-you-go mobile on the back of the 154 twisted through a cerebral beat machine programmed by the best minds of Detroit. since I was about eight-years-old. “I’ve known Christian. It’s a bit of a dance music Mecca. The result. San Francisco and Glasgow. “We first became friends through playing mini-league football.

000 people. “Russia is so big with so many different kinds of people in so many cities. it was my first tour with Westbam and Hardy Hard. the production was really simple. After scoring a hip-hop show on Radio Records. it’s big.com 30/4/10 12:50:32 . and people started to book me. she started putting on the InBeatWeTrust nights with hip-hop in the main room and electronic music in the other. because after we did a party in a city a promoter would then do their own breakbeat party — which was good.” Why did you end up playing breakbeat? “I love broken beats. But there are a lot of cities where people have no idea what it is.1. and at the same time I was working at the biggest Russian event company in St Petersburg.1 international DJ. but people rushed in like water as soon as the doors opened. but I just fell in love with the whole thing. and in the end it was released on Menu Music and made a lot of sales. It was really strange to see how minimal had taken over in Germany. and techno is quite big.” Are you happy at how success has come to you comparatively quickly? “I wouldn’t say it’s quickly. I hadn’t thought about being a club DJ at first. A cracking DJ herself now. The most famous style is drum & bass. Then DJ Quest gave me some records and I acquired a lot more. and we were touring for a couple of months around Europe. The first international DJ she booked was Terry Ryan from Atomic Hooligan and — as she started to get into this faster music — she started to bring over lots of other people from the UK and Europe to play for her.60 seconds with. But then we did InBeatWeTrust parties and festivals all over Russia to introduce the people to breakbeat. I thought maybe it would be empty at that time.” Your parties InBeatWeTrust got really big. We didn’t expect this at all — it was a joke. and continue to play all over the world. Lady Waks words:CARL LOBEN THE DIMINUTIVE LADY WAKS can probably lay claim to being Russia’s No. as she is the one who plays all over the world.upfront5. We decided to do a joke track especially for the tour. I had no attention or feedback for such a long time. We ran the May Day event for 20. it had got really big and people loved it but we didn’t really understand how. I’m just happy I didn’t give it up in that time!” 014 DJ486. The most people I had in the club was 1800 the whole night. Waks has also recently started InBeatWeTrust Music and plans to keep doing parties in Russia. and it’s still growing. the location fits about 1000 people. So I play all kinds of broken beats. it’s taken me a long time to get to this point. The parties suddenly got full. really. I’ve done parties for no-one.djmag. When did you start to DJ out yourself? “I think it was 2003. release more productions. it has been quite a long road for me. I started to buy more records. the biggest Russian radio station. but I did the first set. We started something. I play hip-hop at some private parties sometimes. didn’t they? “Not really big. I hadn’t even done a big club gig before. except drum & bass.. I’m not ready to do that!’. not all at the same time.indd 14 www. “I was standing on stage and it was such an amazing feeling.. and in my breaks sets I sometimes play some hip-hop — in Germany it works well. and I played the first set of my own party in the second room. I said ‘No. I played another club a few times. and they put me on the line-up.” What made you want to do the piss-take track ‘Minimal’ with Hardy Hard? “We were on tour in Germany. Alexandra grew up in St Petersburg and got into electronic music through breakdancing and hip-hop parties. It went really quickly. it’s what most young people who start to go out get into. Breaks and drum & bass are the biggest styles in St Petersburg. If breakbeat exists in a city. I play funk or trip-hop and hip-hop. I know that we’ve pioneered breakbeat in Russia.

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THE LATEST WAVE OF ARTISTS announced to play South West Four in London on August bank holiday includes giants of house Pete Tong, Laidback Luke and Layo & Bushwacka. And as if that wasn’t enough, SW4 also welcomes Erick Morillo for an exclusive London festival performance, plus massive trance stars Sander Van Doorn and Marco B playing back to back. With last year’s event selling out weeks in advance, we have a superb prize consisting not only of two tickets for the entire weekend event but also accommodation in a nearby hotel for both Saturday and Sunday night, allowing the winner to sleep off both days excesses. The mouth-watering line-up of Saturday 28th August continues with the king of Bedrock himself, John Digweed, heading up the Bedrock Arena, plus trance heavyweights Paul Oakenfold and Judge Jules revisiting The Gallery Arena. “I consider myself pretty lucky to be playing every year at SW4,” says the man known as Diggers. “It’s the sixth time in a row that I’ve been at the festival and it’s just one of those sort of landmark gigs that every DJ wants to play at now.” Newly announced for Sunday 29th are the cream of Radio One with Kissy Sell Out, Jaymo and Andy George, and recent winner of Sony’s Best Specialist Music Programme, Zane Lowe, choosing SW4 for his only London festival appearance this summer, bringing the big stage noise. “This year will be the first time I have had the honour of playing a set at SW4 and I’m already flicking through my records, anticipating the hi-jinx that will ensue on the day as I take to the decks alongside established acts I’ve had huge respect for since I was a tot!” says Kissy Sell Out in typically understated fashion. The Radio One bods are joined by king of ghetto bass, Hervé, and Dim Mak’s

Steve Aoki, unleashing the finest in brain-shaking electro, dubstep and other sounds that pack more bounce to the ounce. Day two also sees the arrival of a name that’s become synonymous with the festival - Carl Cox. He returns to Clapham Common to host his Carl Cox & Friends Arena alongside techno lords Dubfire and Adam Beyer, London institution Layo & Bushwacka and German duo M.A.N.D.Y. “Last year SW4 was a lovely day with a really good festival energy,” says Layo. “It’s amazing that from 2.30 in the afternoon the place is completely rocking which is fantastic to see, and obviously in the heart of London it’s easy to get home. The fact it’s in London, the energy of the place, the talent playing and the professional way it’s run makes it very enjoyable to play at. All the kind of things you look for from a festival.”

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FASHION Camping it up… Bring on the outdoors! We’re good and ready for the festival season. the coconut rum will be flowing as they launch the ‘Malibu by U’ campaign — encouraging fans to design their own label. with your birth date and address to helene.com/byu where you can either upload your creation or work on it directly on the site.indd 18 www. We know which ones we’re going to and who we want to see.com.fashion. This summer. but what to wear is a whole other conundrum… 1 3 2 4 Essential Selection Bottoms up to Malibu with their art attack WHETHER IT’S YOUR DRINK OF CHOICE OR NOT. Send in an email titled Malibu By U. there’s no denying the iconic white bottle with its palm tree and sunset branding is easily recognizable. 018 DJ486.stokes@djmag. Best three entries win trips to Rio.com 30/4/10 10:13:43 . Visit Malibu-rum.djmag. Las Vegas or Barbados! We’ve been given five of the limited edition bottles to give away to our lucky readers.

And of course I will be in Ibiza this summer! Let the summer begin!” CROOKEDTONGUES. a shirt and some easy Ray Ban sunglasses. SCHOLL £60 scholl.” Favourite designers/labels? “The guys who create the crazy Nikes! I was in some crazy sneaker stores in Miami.” It’s all about the threads… How do you like to shop? “I like to shop with my girlfriend or stylists. real. they always have some crazy clothes. Visit and weep. as always.uk 02.” Most treasured item? “My Buddha to Buddha bracelet. www. 55DSL jacket 55dsl. SCHOTT SHORTS £60 asos.COM It wasn’t that long ago that we plugged this sneaker friendly online paradise – when something is this good it gets the respect it deserves. amazing first question! At the moment I’m in my Björn Borg boxer shorts in the studio. I just had a powernap! “But seriously today was a good sunny day.com 019 30/4/10 10:13:52 DJ486. JANSPORT £49. it weighs like 300 grams.djmag.com 07. PATONGS £12 patongs. That makes it easier when I really do not know what to choose.99 jansport. it’s damn near a full-time job keeping track of everything. but before they were I’d already bought some stuff from them. but it’s also essential and. COM With so much going on over the summer. And I don’t have to carry any bags. Expensive but really cool!” Favourite boutique? “Jaycee’s or something at Lincoln in Miami. learn loads about what you should and shouldn’t be doing. they are my sponsor now. Pass it on. they rock! Some brand less expensive semi-skater like pants — I like some space down there! My new Buddha to Buddha hoodie. usually they don’t have my shoe size (15) so my choice is always thinned. it always reminds me of how I started with absolutely nothing and also that.com THISFESTIVALFEELING. Urban Outfitters did some funny-ass shirts.co. Sign up for updates at your peril! 7 01.” What have you got in the pipeline? “It’s going to be crazy — I have a lot of tracks coming out. it’s a start. which means lots of walking. Well. well. you can do whatever you want to do! And a Rolex always looks cool.ORG OK. so I went to a theme park with my girl. some of my own productions and some tracks I can’t say anything about! I’m going to do two tours in the US in June and I’m really excited about that because it’s going to be the first time I will be touring the US (I did the WMC twice but no tours yet). therefore easy clothing — Nike Air Jordans. NOBIS £26 nobis. LACOSTE £120 lacoste. My collaborations with David Guetta. I saw some shoes so sick I wanted to buy them just so I could look at them sometimes! “Also the big Buddha to Buddha bracelets are sick. ha.com 04. so it feels natural now. TFF does a whole lot of legwork on your behalf and we’re happy to share the love. Puma socks.com 03.” Essential festival item? “My Rolex. Join this organization.ca 05.FASHION WHAT A SITE! 5 Ducking and diving on the internet CHANGINGHABBITS.com 06. so it’s terribly fashionable to think green and tot up your eco enhancements. calculate your carbon footprint.fashion. if you put your mind to something. And the internet is really having a clothing revolution at the moment! There are so many online shops. because they help me when it comes down to making choices. 6 What you wearing? AFROJACK What are you wearing right now? “Ha.indd 19 . it is my ‘Afrojack Prize’.

uk 020 DJ486.co. Line 3. G. with a string of glittering dates across the UK that takes in Glastonbury. A delightful case of nature versus nurture. First reports speak of sweet jasmine and musky cedar… bliss. We’re fans of their footwear and now we’re smitten with the tees — £33 from feiyu-shoes.. summer sunshine pairs.fr LESS IS MORE. They’ve teamed up with The Big Chill and are offering special contra deals online.A. Obviously. Ever the style goddess.stokes@djmag. along come these super colourful. they’re a snip at 135 Euros. You go. mainly because their model is a whole hunk of spunk bear! Hang on to those hormones.. Waitingforthesun.Y. Indian and tribal-bling inspirations.com telling her your hat size and which festival you will be attending this summer — cos she’s nosy like that! SMELL YOU LATER… News that Mason Martin Margiela are to release their first collection of fragrances. TAKING THINGS up a notch or two. Artists that make fashion sense KELIS WIZE UP… Wize and Ope watches are busting out a collection of edgy timepieces with colours aplenty and a touch of bling if you fancy. are offering DJmag readers five of their Panama Trilbies — a natty classic that’ll bust up some serious cool points.fashion. David Guetta and The Crookers — we’re keen to see how this will affect her live performances.FASHION GOOD WOOD Kulte create wooden sunglasses with designers Waiting For The Sun.co. Take a peek at their online introduction to the range and we think you’ll concur that it’s extra special and worthy of a piece of your hard-earned.com 30/4/10 10:14:12 . Kelis’ current look lavishes in the direction of Grace Jones/ Gaga-esque — a pastiche of diamante. Benny Benassi. Green Tent Company offer recyclable tents at buff prices. Free School. Thegreententcompany. Find a tasteful range starting at £45 at muazo.com ROLL UP… Whether it’s a t-shirt or a short-sleeved shirt. and they also come in a sweet ‘Toblerone’-type case with a lovely piece of cloth. if you ask our opinion. Our personal faves are the aviator styles. She’s been working with some hot-to-trot producers like Boys Noize. WESC headphones still rule. and The Big Chill. Kulte are quite literally going back to their roots with a range of sunglasses handmade from 100% wood. girl! LISTEN UP… Damn it all. has got us in a right ol’ tizz. the electro-kissed ‘Flesh Tone’. Bitesize chunks of forwardthinking musings CAMP ECO… Think twice about your camping equipment this season. Get grabbing with an email titled Kangol Competition to helene. Just when we were about to switch our loyalties.uk FEIYUE GOOD… Finally the Feiyue t-shirts are dropping. Anyways. the goods just keep on coming. you’ll be needing to roll up the sleeves for the fetching summer look that just about says it all. The Coronet. Kangol rock up the finest of looks and remain one of those labels that fit happily with street cred and underground sensibilities. As ever there’s a tasty mix of traditional and technical ingredients that go into the designs on their SS10 collection. £46. KELIS launches her latest album.75 from yukka.com.indd 20 www. Kangol . SHADY DEALS Kangol make exceedingly good hats… SLAP US SIDEWAYS.djmag.

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an insanely drunk.” The first is the gradual smushing-together of age ranges: 50 became the new 30. wudya. In fact. “She always jiggles about in her high chair when we put it on — don’t you. The second reason why Glastonbury. however. of late. You might think you’re filling your kids’ minds up with happy. because they’d stand out like oiled-up nudists at Mecca. You really want your wide-eyed kids to see some mental-ass shit like that? And while kiddies can receive permanent mental scars from festival-goers. It must be festival season! Now. We are speaking. In recent times.” they proudly chuckle to friends. Here’s what kids like: sitting on the sofa. You know the sort: they’re determined to instil their offspring with their own insecure need to stay constantly “on trend”. but you’re not. Of course. most unforgettably of all. eyeball-licking high crashing down to the ground quicker than the sudden and unexpected appearance of a mystery child. Nothing brings a freaky-dancing. cider and turd-ravaged portaloos. You can enjoy a polite shuffle to cosmic disco in the Hummus Tent while little Tobias and Mia have a story Y read to them by Iggle Piggle in the Happy Clappy crèche field. a young man deep in a K-hole who — for a reason he could no longer remember — had sliced his own throat open with a knife (don’t worry. as little as 10 years ago. some medics patched the poor fucker up). by all means. little Emily just loves Rinse FM. relationships and personal hygiene.” www.rave goblin. What you’re actually doing is forcing them to endure an increasingly harrowing series of experiences that will take many. rent. as if they’ve just walked in on you wearing a rubber nurse’s uniform and rimming an elderly colonel. bringing with them the party-pooping stench of everyday suburbia. Here are just a few of the indelible horrors that the Rave Goblin has witnessed at UK festivals: a gurning rave-kid making retarded-horse noises as an equally mullered girl gives him a shambolic blow job by the entrance to the dance tent. and will start brainwashing them into the empty ways of hipsterism the very moment the placenta’s been wiped off. before toppling back- wards into said brook and covering himself in his own steaming bum-piss. of course. many hours of intensive therapy to unravel and mend once they reach adulthood. There are two main reasons why it has. become acceptable amongst certain sections of society to drag babies. and don’t be surprised if you get stared at like you’re as thick and irresponsible as Shannon Matthews’ mum. Emily?” No. Take your kids along to any other festival. 30 became the new 20. the damage can also travel in the other direction. staring at you with an unnerving mixture of grim curiosity and abject disgust. guzzling back stimulants and — most importantly of all — taking a break from boring ‘real world’ stuff like work. the reason the poor little sod is jiggling about is because you’re forcing her to listen to what sounds — to those barelyformed and heartbreakingly fragile ears — like a car crash being shouted at by a rhino. and so on and so on.djmag. Camp Bestival is purpose-built for families — you don’t really get meow-meow-faced rave-nutters attending. “You must be this tall (and this jaded) to get on this ride.com DJ486. watching Spongebob marathons and giving themselves diabetes by eating too many Haribos. that meant the nation’s youngsters spending life-changing weekends dancing like bozos.LITTLE KIDS AND MAD FESTIVALS DON’T MIX! ou can smell it in the air: that musky twang of spliffs. That’s fair enough. by plonking them into a Public Enemy babygro and hanging a framed Kraftwerk album sleeve in their nursery. “What you’re actually doing is forcing your kids to endure an increasingly harrowing series of experiences that will take many. parents shouldn’t be forced to sit indoors frittering their lives away to Deal Or No Deal until their offspring naff off to college. of that most abhorrent and reviled of festival attendees: the parent-with-child. wacky memories that’ll make them fondly remember their childhoods.indd 23 023 17/5/10 10:59:16 . overjoyed that their coolness is so ingrained that it’s actually been passed on through their genetic code. unwelcome interlopers have been infiltrating the UK festival circuit in ever-increasing numbers. Grow up. there’s a festival specifically designed for them: Camp Bestival. “Oh. Here’s what they’re not in the least bit arsed about: 2ManyDJs playing a surprise Belgian new-beat set in the Ginsters Pasty Tent. Big Chill etc are now awash with tykes on trikes is the interminable rise of the hipster parent. Parents: take your young’uns along to Camp Bestival. until basically everyone between toddling age and retirement age was required to act like a Twitter-addicted 22-year-old with an extensive collection of Nike Air Force Ones. and. tweens and early teens along to events that really ought to have signs by their entrances that read. however. insanely fat man taking a runny shit into a babbling brook. 8 became the new 14. many hours of intensive therapy to unravel and mend once they reach adulthood.

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Brooklyn Calling!
Brooklyn, NYC duo Wolf + Lamb aren’t just a DJ/production outfit. They’re a movement, a label, a club, and extended family of like-minded artists, offering a passionate, soulful techno and electronic disco alternative to the plodding tribal drums of tech house and the harder sound of Berlin. And with a new artist album ready to drop, they’ve come for our hearts, minds and dancing feet…
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ew artists inspire a devotion bordering on the religious. But the gospel according to Wolf + Lamb has already spread far and wide, their near mythical Brooklyn parties at “six star hotel” The Marcy attracting an international cast of like-minded friends, adopted family and disciples, while their series of podcasts and three labels — Wolf + Lamb digital, Wolf + Lamb Black, their re-edit series, and Wolf + Lamb Music — have preached an alternative sound to the plodding tribal drums of tech-house. So the arrival of their debut album, ‘Love Someone’, out 14th June on Wolf + Lamb, and its preceding Wolf + Lamb Experience party in London, a showcase of the labels’ unique musical talents and organisation, not only sticks the pin firmly back in New York as an innovative centre of nightlife, following years of redundancy during Giuliani’s reign. It also offers an alternative paradigm to Berlin’s stranglehold on the UK’s clubbing imagination.

Nevada desert as we have lunch following a first look at the venue for their party. “There’s nothing like it in the world. It’s literally like being on Mars, you just don’t know what to do or how to express yourself.” In 2005, while wandering through the Mad Max landscape, Gadi found an artist who’d created a 40-foot version of Marcel Duchamp’s ‘Fountain’, essentially a giant toilet — the following year, they played their first gig there in it. “It’s like a urinal lying on its back and then there’s a drain pipe, which is where you walk in,” explains Zev excitedly. “It was so amazing watching people crawl in and being part of their bizarre Burning Man experience. The music was also something people hadn’t heard before because out there it’s really heavy, West coast, cheesy-ish kind of breaks. We were playing minimal.” “It was kind of like Kompakt,” interjects Gadi. “More emotional, minimal trance.” Having performed again every year since, including as part of an inflatable art and sound installation in 2007, they now have residencies at numerous soundsystems. But it was Burning Man’s blend of vast, unbridled natural beauty, unfettered creativity and extreme hedonism that seems the beginning of Wolf + Lamb becoming something bigger than just a label or a pair of DJs. “We started to really like the morning shift when everyone’s feeling really great from the whole night and the minimal sound just didn’t fit right so then we started wanting to get more warm,” says Gadi. “You ended up playing pop music,” Zev recalls of 2008’s crystallising moment. “That was the one thing that did make sense there, Sade, and that was all we played the whole time. Then when we came back, we went to a friend’s cabin to work for a few weeks with a clean slate. We knew we had to make music to work over there because that’s the mood we’ve always been comfortable with. That’s when we put out the ‘Bear Valley EP’.”

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Desert Trip

As with every great spiritual adventure, however, their journey starts with a trip into the desert. “We went to Burning Man in 2003,” says Zev Eisenberg, the ‘Wolf’ of Wolf + Lamb next to Gadi Mizrahi’s ‘Lamb’, the literal translations of their Hebrew names. Two New York-born Jews, the pair met in 2001 having both made a name as DJs at small-scale parties, Zev spinning deep house and trance, Gadi playing hip-hop. But it was the advent of minimal techno, the first sound that they both bonded over (and immortalised in their ‘Since when do Jews make techno?’ stickers), and their experiences at Burning Man which began the process of gestation that gave birth to their current incarnation as purveyors of deep, lush house and disco. “The first two years you just kind of watch and figure out where you fit in,” Gadi explains about the festival that appears for a week in the middle of the

Parallel to this musical rebirth was the founding of The Marcy in 2005, their studio cum home where they also throw parties, in indie-rock’s heartland, Williamsburg. Tired of trying to put on parties in New York’s bars and clubs, which would want to close at 4am just as the drugs were kicking in but the queue at the bar was dwindling, they had originally hired an old machine shop with the intention of opening it as a venue, moving in simply to help do it up. “Then halfway through, we threw one crazy balls-to-the-wall party, and we realised we weren’t going to open a bar,” says Zev with a glint. Instead, they embraced Burning Man’s idea of user-generated content (a familiar concept to Zev who also works as a web designer), growing it into something that’s part Andy Warhol’s Factory — filled with friends who are also musicians, many of whom the pair nurtured through their first releases for the label — and part David Mancuso’s Loft, the best house party in the world that runs from 11pm till 1pm the next afternoon, and boasts top quality sound. Despite a website depicting The Marcy as an opulent, gaudy hotel, a whimsical idea parodying Zev’s work for Trump Towers, the parties are ostensibly put on by friends for friends, label artists such as No Regular Play, Nico aka Nicolas Jaar, Soul Clap, or Deniz Kurtel — Gadi’s girlfriend who is also currently working on a Crosstown Rebels album — playing most parties, often alongside Wolf + Lamb Detroit counterparts such as Seth Troxler and Lee Curtiss. Despite having a capacity of just 200, with only around 50 able to fit into the main room, the pair found a creative way to fit up to 500 people in by hijacking an adjoining lot. “Nobody says anything, it doesn’t belong to us!” laughs Zev at this brazenness. “Our friends helped us build steps to access the yard through a window. It’s really funny, girls are always slipping in their

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high heels. It just adds to the whole obvious DIY feel of the place, like you’re in our home. At the same time, the sound is pristine. We’re really serious about that. The whole thing is really well put together, everything is pro.” When the success of the party began attracting unwanted hipsters interested in drinking beer but not dancing, the pair simply introduced an extortionate door charge with friends getting a Marcy hotel room key — made at the same time as their fake website — for cheap entry. “It has this idea that the party supports the building,” says Gadi. “So the people who live upstairs do the door. No Regular Play live on the third floor, so they play every party and run the bar. Most of the money goes back into the building to pay rent, which is a really organic way of doing it.” “It’s the same as this weekend, bring in whoever is around,” he says of the approaching London label debut, having just asked Deniz and Zev, neither of whom were originally on the line-up, to stay and play. “Wolf + Lamb is me and Zev, but it’s also a family. There’s a lot more attention to a community based thing than a label where the people have good ears and they’re picking people from all over the world. That’s one thing, but this is like an in-house. No Regular Play were brought up from nothing, they had no releases, Nico was brought up from not having any releases, Deniz and Smirk as well. They were all brought up. Other labels pick artists saying, ‘this guy is going to be good’. This is like artists who haven’t had anything out.” “Including us. We didn’t have any releases,” adds Zev.

the last few years we’ve done it separately,” admits Gadi of the pair’s limited releases together. “We’ve done everything together over the past five or six years and this is one of the areas where we have our separate time. But it happened that we did make these tracks and we both really liked them. They’re all very different so I felt that was good.” “It’s more of an EP than an album,” agrees Zev. “Gadi and I, even though we work really well together putting on the party, sitting in the studio, for some reason, we don’t actually do that much of that together.” Instead, Zev used his convalescence to begin work on a solo album, with a further Wolf + Lamb EP in the pipe-line, and Gadi, as well as DJing and recording solo and with label artists Soul Clap, started his own vinyl-only label, Double Exposure. “If Wolf + Lamb is a religion, Double Exposure is a cult,” he announces, and it’s a plausible assertion — Gadi, Charlie from Soul Clap and Greg from No Regular Play got Double Exposure tattoos to accompany the Wolf + Lamb cross tattoos both he and Zev have. While success has had its advantages, and given them the ability to pull in a crowd of 500 people at 24 hours notice, like the time Gadi and Deniz persuaded Zev to make an impromptu trip back from India over SKYPE, part of the Wolf + Lamb experience lies in the conditions they’ve created for themselves at The Marcy. “One of the problems is that there’s a Wolf + Lamb monster now of hype so promoters just want to book us. Then we go in and they’ve clearly never heard what we play and they don’t have the crowd for it,” Gadi says of his frustration at some recent gigs. “They’re always telling us to play harder anywhere outside of London. It’s fucking heart-breaking to be in that situation.”

Love Someone

It was as The Marcy was being built that Zev first found out he had cancer, something he is currently recovering from with ‘an alternative therapy regime’ that includes sauerkraut juice for breakfast. Having recently been in India, and stopping touring due to the excessive amount of equipment needed for his current diet, his illness adds an extra poignancy to both Wolf + Lamb’s communal, life-affirming spirit of art and adventure, and the atmospheric content of ‘Love Someone’, their first joint release since last year’s ‘Brooklynn EP’. With ‘love’ a recurring theme at their parties, the album’s title track is the most potentially commercial, a glorious slice of looped, filtered disco. But elsewhere Wolf + Lamb pursue their own unique vision of mood and depth that’s come to characterise their parties, where the tempo rarely ventures above 120bpm, and they encourage guests to bring their weirdest, favourite records. Opener ‘Just For Now’ emerges from a primordial soup of reverb and organ, via a burst of what sounds like a show tune, morphing into a brooding, gangster shuffle as a voice contemplates life after committing the irreversible act of murder: “all you can do is continue living life”. Yet it’s immediately soothed by the slow, bubbling electro bass and 808 handclaps of ‘Shoeshine Boogie’, a remix of Mock & Toof. ‘Want Your Money’ appears in two versions, Wolf + Lamb’s off-kilter original and a straighter house remix from Dyed Soundorom, while ‘Monster Love’, a collaboration with Smirk, hints at broken relationships in its jazzy ambience and whispered voices, dissolving and reforming around a wandering double bass. Finally, ‘I Know You’re Leaving’ rides along on a Rhodes until it’s flooded by the warming light of a gospel choir declaring, “someday we’ll all be free.” “Wolf + Lamb is so multi-faceted, we work on everything together, so when it came down to making music over

Pilgrimage

In this respect, The Marcy has become like Panorama Bar, the ultimate pilgrimage for thrill-seeking dance tourists looking for an atmosphere and sense of freedom and adventure that’s unrepeatable anywhere else. But for Gadi, this is where the Berlin parallel ends. “I don’t think Berlin is into what we’re doing,” he says, despite recent gigs there. “I’ve seen a few friends move there and get into a completely other genre, really hard. They get taken over by Berlin. You’re not going to get booked unless you bang it out, they’re taking speed so they’re into this hard stuff. Our crowd, even Jamie Jones, has gone into disco and house — Berlin had to choose and they went Berghain. Even harder than where we were a few years ago.” Come their own party, held in the basement of an art gallery in East London that’s due to be demolished two weeks later, they’re playing Outkast too, alongside a ream of deep house and disco gems like Metro Area’s sublime ‘Let’s Get…’, umbrellas placed over the decks to stop the sweat that’s raining from the low ceiling. With Soul Clap and Wolf + Lamb taking turns behind the decks seemingly as the mood suits them, following No Regular Play’s live set, it’s the perfect illustration of the instinctive, if it feels good do it, approach that’s grown Wolf + Lamb from a pair of techno misfits in the Nevada desert to a coalition of friends carving out new niches in whatever they turn their hands to — something both Gadi and Zev seem genuinely surprised by. “The only thing we haven’t spoken about is our future plans because we don’t have any,” says Zev at the end of the interview. “It’s true,” adds Gadi. “Who knows?!” The only thing you can be sure of is, wherever Wolf + Lamb lead, others are bound to follow.

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Ibiza. Whether you’re a die-hard Balearic veteran or a dilettante toe-dipper into the White Isle’s hedonistic charms, there’s still no place on earth quite like it. An unmatched ratio of unbelievable clubs, a constant flow of quality DJs and an indescribable magic that remains well over two decades since Danny Rampling, Paul Oakenfold and co ‘discovered’ acid house culture thanks to a man called Alfredo, the open-air Amnesia terrace and some, ahem, ‘magic beans’. While it might be facing competition from emerging summer hotspots, Ibiza’s ability to constantly reinvent itself and embrace new ideas means we’ve got another season of surprise, sick line-ups and classics nights. And we’ve got all the details on this season’s big moves in the following pages as well as a VIP competition to win a trip to Space for our 15 Years Of DJmag Ibiza party at Space on Thursday 1st July. Get involved!

VIP COMPETITION! Win a VIP trip to our 15 Years Of DJmag Ibiza party at Space! p.034 LUCIANO GOES FOR DE-CADENZA A look at Luciano’s new Sunday residency at Pacha p.036 LIVING THE VIDA LOCO DC10’s Circo Loco is back…with Seth Troxler and Jamie Jones as residents p.038

COME TO DADDY! Electronica enigma Aphex Twin headlines the We Love… closing party p.041 WARUNG/KEHAKUMA News of Brazilian club Warung’s new residency at Privilege and the new Kehakuma night at Space p.042

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DJMagazine Ibiza celebrates 15 years of Balearic rave reporting
Words: ALLAN MCGRATH
IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN. As essential as your sun lotion, euros and passport (well, almost), DJMagazine Ibiza is back to lead you through another season of Balearic barminess and Ibizan escapades. Yep, once again our on-island sister publication will be available across the island and it is with immense — and understandable — pride that we say this will be our 15th anniversary season. When you consider that most come back a shrivelled shell of their former selves after 15 days there, we reckon it’s little short of a miracle that we’ve toughed it out on the Balearic front-line for some 15 years. When DJMagazine first rocked up on Ibiza with a pen, notepad and camera in hand, things were very different. In the 15 years since we’ve watched many a promoter crash and burn, or simply slide by the wayside. Other magazines have come and gone. Roofs have been forced on terraces. Restrictions have changed the face, or at least the timetables, of how Ibiza parties. But despite the quick-shifting sands, Ibiza’s unparalleled beauty, epic-scale clubs and eternal ability to reinvent itself has meant there is still no place on earth quite like it when it comes to club culture. For one third of the year, literally every relevant DJ on this planet will pass through at some point. From the renewed underground energy of Circo Loco to the stylish diversity of Pacha’s line-up, through the world-beating, festival-styled marathons of We Love… Space on Sundays to the recent embrace of dubstep or the ongoing San An revolution spearheaded by Pete Tong’s Wonderland, Ibiza’s capacity to endlessly inspire, excite and surprise remains. So if you’re lucky enough to make it over, make sure that you grab your copy of DJMagazine Ibiza to guide you through. And if you haven’t booked yet, then have a gander at the next page’s competition for details on how you can bag a free trip over to the White Isle for our 15 Years Of DJMagazine Ibiza party at Space.

SO WHAT EXACTLY IS DJMAG IBIZA THEN? DJMag Ibiza is our on-island Ibiza magazine covering all the moves and grooves rocking the White Isle. It’s 114 pages and is absolutely stuffed chocka full of artist features, hot news, club reviews and comprehensive listings. SO IT’S BASICALLY EXACTLY LIKE A MORE COMPACT DJMAG BUT TOTALLY DEDICATED TO IBIZA? Pretty much, yeah, but there’s also loads of essential travel information like beach, bar and restaurant guides, useful tourist numbers and a map of the island. It’s also translated into Spanish for locals. Think of it as an allround travel companion and essential information source for Ibiza adventurers. Or just something to read on the bog.

SOUNDS GREAT, HOW MUCH DOES IT COST THEN? Nada, zilch, nuttin! DJMag Ibiza is totally free and has been ever since we started in 1995. We’re nice like that, eh? SO WHERE CAN I GET A COPY? If you’re on the island, it’s more like where can’t you get a copy! We print up 50,000 copies of DJMag Ibiza and they are distributed right across the island in all the essential bars, restaurants and clubs. WHEN DO THEY COME OUT? We do two issues that cover pretty much the full season’s activities. The first hits the streets on 1st July, the second on 15th August.

Ku gets renamed Privilege. Ministry Of Sound arrive on the island. Carl Cox plays for six hours on the old Space terrace dropping Basement Jaxx’s ‘Flylife’, ‘Armand Van Helden’s ‘Witch Doctor’ and Rozalla’s ‘Everybody’s Free’. Classic.

1996

Renaissance’s live shows at Privilege shock the system with pop stars Kylie and the All Saints joining names like Leftfield, Moby and Hybrid. Base Bar opens in Ibiza Town. Sven Väth launched his tempo temple Cocoon at Amnesia

2000

Carl Cox starts his Space residency proper on Thursdays. Boutique art-deco hotel Es Vive opens in Figueretas with after-hours naughtiness aplenty.

2002

DJmag Ibiza lands on the island. UK superclub Cream launch their first full season here at Ku, while Radio 1 broadcast live from Ibiza for the first time.

1995

An underground revolution stirred as Circo Loco begins at DC10. And Darren Hughes launches his 22-hour marathons at Space on Sundays under the Home banner.

1999

Darren Hughes’ Space on Sunday gets rebranded We Love... Space on Sundays. Erick Morillo’s Subliminal arrives at Pacha in spectacular style.

2001

Pacha hits 30 years and launches flagship in-house Friday night with PeteTong. Luciano and Loco Dice start dominating the underground with their Circo Loco sets.

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Booka Shade, Metro Area, Martinez Brothers and more at our massive anniversary rave
We couldn’t let our decade and a half anniversary of Balearic rave reporting slip by without holding at least one massive, balls-to-the-wall rave now, could we? So to celebrate we’re teaming up with Playa D’En Bossa’s globally renowned Space for our 15 Years of DJMagazine Ibiza party. Taking over both the cavernous Discoteca and the legendary Terrace on Thursday 1st July, we’ve recruited our favourite decknicians both classic and contemporary to make our party go off with one serious Balearic bang. Joining us so far to mark our momentous 15th anniversary season are German production masters Booka Shade, NYC house trailblazers The Martinez Brothers, future boogie kings Metro Area, the monstrously underrated Tensnake and Soma’s Silicone Soul. The DJMagazine all-stars will be making an example of themselves in El Salon with a special appearance from founding DJmagazine editor Chris Coco. Best of all, tickets for our 15 Years Of DJMagazine Ibiza session are a wallet-friendly €25 for anyone purchasing tickets from spaceibiza.com. Can we say fairer than that? Well, actually we can. As part of our mega anniversary of Balearic rave reporting, we’re offering up a free VIP trip to join us at our 15 Years of DJmagazine Ibiza party with flights provided by Monarch. Get lucky and you and your chosen rave partner will be raving it up with all the DJmag massive and our top quality line-up of cutting-edge DJ talent at Space on 31st July. The prize package includes: •RETURN FLIGHTS FOR YOU AND A MATE, DEPARTING LONDON ON THURSDAY 1ST JULY AND RETURNING SUNDAY 3RD JULY •ACCOMMODATION FOR TWO NIGHTS •VIP ENTRY TO OUR MASSIVE 15 YEARS OF DJMAGAZINE IBIZA PARTY AT SPACE ON THURSDAY 1ST JULY To win, just answer our mind-crushingly simple question below and send your answers, passport name and contact number to joe.roberts@djmag.com before Monday 21st June. Back in the days of the legendary open-air Space terrace, what did the crowds do every time a plane flew overhead? 1. Flying hi-fives. 2. Cheer ecstatically. 3. Hold their lighters in the air. Good luck and see you down the front!

Mauro Picotto takes his Meganite concept to Ibiza’s Privilege. Armin Van Buuren launches his Amnesia residency. The open-air Space terrace of old enjoys it last season. Boo! DJMag Ibiza is now printed with full Spanish translation in every issue.

2004

Ibiza Rocks moves to Bar M and smashes it with bands like Maximo Park, Kasabian, The Streets and Babyshambles. A new era begins.

2006

Tongy shocks the dance world by swapping Pacha for San Antonio’s Eden with his Wonderland project. DC10 get repeatedly smacked down by the authorities and end up serving a one-year ban. Chemical Brothers play at We Love. David Guetta’s F*** Me I’m Famous goes weekly and smashes it.

2008

The new closed roof Space terrace packs one of the best soundsystems on the island. Woop. Ibiza Rocks launches in Privilege’s back room with bands like Fischerspooner and The Rapture.

2005

Tiësto sells out Privilege with two colossal roadblocks. Bora Bora, DC10 and Amnesia are forced to close at beginning of season. Manumission leave Privilege for Ammesia after a mid-season ruckus with their long-running home.

2007

No DC10 leaves a massive void. Luciano’s legendary beach parties at Ushuaia are the biggest sign of Playa D’En Bossa’s upmarket image shift. With nights like Mr C’s Superfreq among its roster, Boho club launches at the old San An venue Extasis.

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Taking place on Sunday nights at the glamourous Ibiza Town venue. the latter also bringing names like Trentemøller (25th June) and SOS (24th September). 9th July 1st Oct. Two years ago. there has always been a real rhythm and vibe to his sound — a lot of groove and Latin beats — and I always thought it would work well at Pacha.” explains Luciano. Moodymann. Annie Mac and Jesse Rose play on 28th May. originally released on Luciano’s Cadenza. 036 DJ486. For me Pacha was a club that needed some fresh content on Sunday and Cadenza’s residency is just that — it’s perfect.Style haven Pacha capture the weekly residency of Chilean-Swiss underground house icon Luciano in this summer’s curveball capture Words: ALLAN MCGRATH IN THE shifting sands of Ibizan clubbing. This is just another addition. while Luciano’s island presence has previously been best defined by his legendary residency within the anarchic. it was something brand new that never happened. Stacey Pullen. No matter what he was playing. Cassius. Theo Parrish and Spectral Sound’s Ryan Crosson all add their flavours to what is one of the most impressive line-ups of the season. it was Pete Tong who stole the headlines by crossing the previously impenetrable Ibiza Town/San Antonio divide when he swapped his home at Pure Pacha’s stylish shakedown for the rowdy streets of San An in the name of his bold Wonderland project at Eden — becoming 2008’s surprise package in the process. vocal house. 23rd July.” explains Whittle. The French connection is made through four Club 75 parties which Justice. DJ Mehdi. on the Pacha floor last summer. freshening up the venue. while names like Reboot. there is no doubt about which curveball capture has sparked the most eyebrow raising and it’s that of Luciano’s new Cadenza residency at Pacha. Optimo. it was probably the last-minute (and ultimately unsuccessful) switch of Hed Kandi from Eden to Playa D’En Bossa superclub Space. white-hot electro crunkers on 30th July. both for Sander Kleinenberg’s This Is and Renaissance. while The Dirty Dutch crew of Chuckie and Sidney Sampson bring their CD wallets of bleepy. I then took over and brought in people like Erick Morillo’s Subliminal and Underwater with Darren Emerson. right back from days at DC10 and I’d always really liked his stuff as a DJ.” Indeed. I’m not doing mainstream. 13th Aug. Belgian Balearic kings Aeroplane. Busy P. A-Trak. Especially when you consider the popularity of Michel Cleis’s ‘Le Mezcla’. every summer throws up at least one totally unpredictable move that even the Island’s most voracious gossip fiends just didn’t see coming.ibiza luciano_feature. The club’s been open 40 years now. unrestrained atmosphere of DC10’s underground music haven Circo Loco — the platform that arguably launched the Swiss/Chilean house hero into the global superstar status he occupies today — his switch to Pacha isn’t as surprising as it might first seem. Detroit legend Carl Craig will play live. 24th Sep). I couldn’t do it even if I wanted to as I am not designed for that.indd 36 www. This season.djmag. I always thought he had a bigger sound than that. however. Cadenza’s Vagabundos night will bring the cream of underground house and soulful techno to a venue traditionally associated with big-room.com 14/5/10 16:23:20 . Pacha boss Danny Whittle. Daniel Bell. “I’ve been listening to Luciano for quite a while. “I wanted to do something different and out of the regular format — bring up something new without compromising our identity. I remember when Ministry Of Sound first came to Pacha. 27th Aug. “I never saw him as a minimal or tech-y DJ. believes the Cadenza boss’s instinctive Latin groove fits perfectly with the club’s musical tapestry. Wall Of Sound bring DJ sets from icy Norwegian electronica outfit Royskøpp and dark-disco duo Ocelot on 11th June. DFA’s Shit Robot. Martinez. as will French techno maverick Dantron Eeprom and crazy countrymen dOP from Circus Company.” Pure Pacha gets a new look this season Friday’s flagship Pure Pacha has been given a fresh sheen and looks sleeker than ever this year with a series of impressively diverse Pure Pacha Presents… parties. for one. Also on board for Friday is Sasha who will play four dates (2nd July. although the wholesale introduction of debutante dubstep big-hitters within Reclaim The Dancefloor’s line-ups didn’t go unnoticed either. Across the 17-week season. Last season. But I aim to bring mainstream people into something deeper and change their perception.” “It’s all about the evolution of the club. “Pacha gave us full freedom to spread our vision. while adding a modernised underground thread to its age-old appeal.

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” If ever there was a DJ that is matchmade for both the unrestrained hedonism and free-reign musical experimentalism that Circo Loco embodies then it is surely Seth Troxler. Reclaim fits them much better. Seth in the new look resident team. We’ve got acts that we didn’t book before because we didn’t know how the crowd would take things. you’ll hear basslines.but then they’ll be shoeless hippies from Ibiza Town dancing next to them. “I’m not really into the very drummy sound. Ibiza has long been ruled by house and techno with anything else often getting pushed to the sidelines.” said Jamie Jones. Thomas Van Party and Brodinksi joining the Canadian electro don. techno and electro. you’ll hear vocals and you’ll hear melodies rather than feeling like everything’s been on loop for three hours which is something that sometimes happens there that I’m not really into.” admits Seth. it’s a bit of fun for me. debauched daytime experience. drum & bass gets a solid repping with the inclusion of Chase & Status. “Rather than anything commercial. Rusko and Caspa are all on board. “I’ve only been to the island four times and that was last year so it’s all pretty new to me. Reclaim The Dancefloor went from last season’s mould-breaking wildcard to a bonafide San Antonio success story and returns with an even bigger line-up this time round. Trouble ‘n’ Bass maverick Drop The Lime. Digital Soundboy duo Breakage and Shy FX.ibiza circo loco_feature. Benga. the dubstep high-rollers of Skream. Then there’s DJs that are making the switch from other nights on the island because.indd 38 www. Benga. “It’s a new experience. Billed under the prophetic banner of ‘The New Era’. DC10 has always been underground music which is something that Ibiza lacks a lot of the time — it’s raw. Strangled out of last season’s proceedings by licensing issues. “I’ve seen a big guy go to the bar surrounded by five model-type girls and pay for a round of drinks with a 500 euro note that he took from a whole wad of them and tell the barman to keep the change . DC10 is the ultimate party and we just want to play party music. High Contrast. and recent coverstar Redlight among the bass-heavy debutants pushing the envelope even further this season.com 14/5/10 16:04:47 . 038 DJ486. of course. gut-wrenching limits on Wednesday 1st September. The mentalist digital dancehall and futurist bashment of Diplo and Switch’s Major Lazer soundystem will be pushing Eden’s subs to their full.” added Seth. Sub Focus and Friction.” explains Reclaim The Dancefloor promoter Mark Newton. ya know. the legendary Monday party is rising like a phoenix from the flames with a full season of weekly events starting on Monday 31st May and a fresh roster of residents that promise to breathe fresh life into the island’s definitive. Like last year. Switch. Parisian DJ W!ld and. Not just drums and drums and drums and drums.Jamie Jones Seth Troxler Ibiza’s underground celebrates the rebirth of its favourite melting pot as Circo Loco returns with Seth Troxler and Jamie Jones as residents THE PRAYERS of Ibiza’s underground house disciples have been finally answered — Circo Loco is back in full effect at DC10 this year. musically. while Tiga will be hosting two Turbo Records parties on 7th July and 25th August with names like Aeroplane. I’m not going to be playing ‘YMCA’ or anything. chuggy and edgy but it’s music. I want to bring back songs that tell stories. Or at least that was the case until last year’s Reclaim The Dancefloor revolution at Eden mashed up dubstep. Jones has risen as one of the club’s favourite sons in recent years and describes the joint as one of the only he’d actually “pay to play at”. disco-edged underground house and psychedelic. Amazingly though. drum & bass and ghetto bass with the ravier edges of house. “We’ve kind of broken away from a lot of what is going on and created our own little corner. Shifting to Wednesdays. songs that have a bit of magic to them — songs that you go home and remember. Bringing over dubstep big-hitters like Skream.” “Right now I’m on a really psychedelic vibe. I think it’s pretty cool someone coming and being resident who doesn’t really have any backstory — I can just come in and do my thing. Circo Loco’s 2010 season looks set to break free from any dull drums and monotonous mnml of old and instead places faith in the new wave of sensuous.” BREAKING THE MOULD LARGELY beating to the familiar rhythmic pulse of the 4/4 groove.” added Jamie. “There’s a lot of people playing that we went for last year but couldn’t get because they didn’t want to play in San Antonio. Eden’s Reclaim The Dancefloor bring the bass and the noise once again “Last year was a real eye-opener in terms of just how far we could push things so it’s opened up a lot of doors for this season.djmag. almost pop-edged grooves typified by DJs like Jamie Jones and Seth Troxler — both of whom have been made residents at the club. Rusko and Caspa to an island they themselves had never set foot on. with names like Joker. the globe-trotting playboy has never so much as stepped foot in the club before — a testament to both the unstoppably swift ascendancy of this precocious talent and Circo Loco’s desire to remain on pulse of the global underground’s cutting-edge. Our sound is still deep.” Having discovered DC10’s anarchic magic as an Ibiza worker at the turn of the millennium. He is joined by Perlon boss Zip.” Once again. “It’s just party music.

The generation-defining.Prodigy headline this year’s Ibiza Rocks birthday THE MOSH-HUNGRY madness of Ibiza Rocks is about to get smacked up and amped up to hyperspeed this season with the arrival of the legendary rave-punks The Prodigy — who headline the Ibiza Rocks 5th birthday on Tuesday 20th July. London’s Fuse present a series of beach parties at Playa D’En Bossa’s Ushuaia WHILE DC10’S absence left a gaping void in Ibiza’s daytime party calendar. Bolstered by an epic three-hour set by Above & Beyond themselves. 29th June. 31st Aug Kele/Delphic. Gutter-mouthed rapper turned soul boy Plan B and indie-dance heroes Delphic both make their Ibiza debut. where they promise to roadtest their forthcoming album material for the first time. 7th Sep Pendulum. 17th Aug LCD Soundsystem. the Swiss/Chilean rhythm master has moved his Cadenza parties to Sunday.indd 39 . 27th July. big-name DJs that can go right across the styles. This season.” says Fuse promoter Dominic Cools-Lartigue.com 039 14/5/10 16:04:59 DJ486.ibiza circo loco_feature. Abstaining from their normal run of gigs at Cream’s Amnesia shows so they can get their second artist album finished. JUST ONE TRANCE Catch Above & Beyond’s only Ibiza date of the summer at Anjunabeach TREAT ‘EM MEAN.” “We’re looking at less obvious. while London’s underground house movement Fuse are presenting five Tuesday daytime parties from 4pm to midnight on 1st June. 20th July The Prodigy. 3rd Aug Chase & Status/Tinie Tempah. the success of the Ushuaia beach parties at Playa D’En Bossa’s stylish Ushuaiai went some way to redressing the balance with Luciano’s Wednesday parties one of the surprise packages of the summer. the UK-based trance trio are giving their legions of Balearic-bound fans just one chance to see them this summer — at their 1st July event Anjunabeach with Cream at Amnesia.” added Dom. The fact that you can actually do that without worrying about the party getting shut down by the police is great. keep ‘em keen is Above & Beyond’s stance this Ibiza season. All the madness will unfold every Tuesday at the Ibiza Rocks Hotel from 8th June to 14th September.” www.djmag. “It’s one of those things people dream about when they go on holiday — partying on the beach all day in Ibiza. ESSENTIAL DATES: 29th June Plan B. but have a real history to them and can reach back over 15 years of this music. the event will also feature sets from Andy Moor as well as the deeper melodic strains of Anjunadeep’s Jaytech. 27th July Dizzee Rascal. “DJs that are still very much current. while crossover deebee sensations Chase & Status will showcase their live show on the island for the first time. stadium-smashing outfit are just one of many top quality acts that Ibiza Rocks have recruited this season. deeper house guests. 31st August and 28th September. on their secret guests. “By allowing these parties on Playa D’en Bossa it really gives people that holy grail of partying on a beach and reclaims some of the Ibiza spirit. Residents Enzo Siragusa and Nima Gorji will be joined by a range of high-quality.

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. As if the Space opening party wasn’t epic enough. white noise attacks and odd childlike melodies have all wrestled in his sporadic. Space on Sundays rocks the island by booking Aphex Twin for their closing party Aphex Twin: globally revered electronica icon without equal. The Space opening party goes two days for the first time www. “It would be strange if he turned up with a bag of UK funky.ibiza aphex twin.” added Mark. The Juan Maclean. industrial terror techno. make the show spectacular and attract the right crowd for the show. mysterious and enigmatic outsider to the world of mainstream club culture. this year it’s getting super-sized as a two-day event for 2010’s opening fiesta — named ‘The Weekend Invasion’. Space’s six snaking arenas will also be put to use. but then who knows? Whatever happens it will be the most talked about show of the summer. while Sunday takes on a more techno and tech-house template with Carl Cox. Steve Lawler. Carl Craig (live). he has a huge following of fans all over the world and they know what to expect. And you’d have been right… until this season. Chris Liebing. Paul Woolford. Claude VonStroke. Pete Tong and Mark Knight. a DJ you’re ever likely to see in the main room of Balearic superclub Space. wouldn’t it.” said Broadbent. Kicking off at 4. Mentalist drill ‘n’ bass. highly sought-after DJ sets in the past. the question as to what Aphex Twin will actually play remains an open one. Tiefschwarz.. John Digweed. James Holden. Felix Da Housecat. “But having seen his show at the Warehouse Project last year. Not.We Love. It may fall flat on its face or be the best thing to ever hit these shores but it needs to be done just like Grace Jones last summer. mad sonic scientist. ‘Come To Daddy’ and ’92 rave classic ‘Digeridoo’ to headline the We Love… Space on Sundays closing party on Sunday 26th September. After stunning the dance world by booking legendary mistress of style and funk Grace Jones last summer. the crew behind We Love… Space on Sundays have this year secured the man behind tracks such as ‘Windowlicker’.30pm on both Saturday 29th May and Sunday 30th May and running right through till 6am and beyond. master of the most headmangling polyrhythmic chaos but equally the most soul-lifting ambient works.indd 41 . there’s a slight difference between the two days. Prins Thomas.” admits We Love’s Mark Broadbent.” “I think that our reputation for putting on quality shows helps with bookings that might not seem obvious — people trust us to give it our best shot. Stretched to its fullest capacity. raw acid. Jeff Mills and DJ Pierre. We Love…’s full programme includes Simian Mobile Disco.” Running from Sunday 13th June through to Sunday 26th September. Joris Voorn.djmag. With a schizophrenic and maverick approach to DJing that knows little bounds or restrictions. Saturday’s line-up has a slightly more safe and mainstream feel with Groove Armada’s Andy Cato. Jesse Rose. 2Many DJs. Hot Chip (DJ set). which turned out to work a treat. Radio Slave and Nick Curly. we realised we just had to do it. Cristian Varela. “We have booked Aphex Twin to be Aphex Twin. Line-up wise. But then that’s exactly what makes his appearance such an exciting and groundbreaking one. Guy Gerber. Four Tet. an arena unique to the opening and closing parties. you might rightly think. the two Space opening parties will again feature the famous outdoor space of the car park.com 041 17/5/10 14:37:10 DJ486. that is. “We have been thinking about booking Aphex for a few years now but didn’t quite feel it would work or indeed that he would want to play in Ibiza. 2000 And One. With party-starting legend Fatboy Slim headlining.

” explains Illustrious Management’s Ulli Rüger. then think again. Sven Väth. “In the beginning we’ll be starting off very house-orientated.D.N. At the same time. Get Physical’s M. the intense Dutch techno of Secret Cinema who plays live and a conscious nod to the new school through the shimmering sounds of the unstoppable UK techno innovator Glimpse. Representing tomorrow’s talents are previous DJmag coverstars SOS and Global Underground’s Sultan. in-house attempt to plug the midweek gap. Martin Buttrich.A. Lying blissfully on the golden sands of Southern Brazil’s Praia Brava and flanked by rainforests. Brazilian über producer Gui Boratto also find a home. “It’s about bringing global clubbing together.indd 42 www. the beach-hut of Warung is pretty much universally known as one of the most spell-binding South American clubbing experiences around and it’s now hoping to transport some of that famous samba magic to the Balearic party island. with two live performances from famous electronic live act Life Is A Loop and Warung Brazil resident Aninha. Nick Warren and D.ibiza warung_feature. Playa D’En Bossa’s Space have launched an impressive attack for Ibiza’s Wednesday techno and underground house crowd through their weekly Kehakuma parties.The sound of underground Brazil arrives in Ibiza with Warung’s new Wednesday night Privilege residency AN EVER present in the upper reaches of our top 100 clubs poll.com 17/5/10 12:27:15 . “Then on 8th September we’ll be doing a Hope Vs Audiotherapy night with Dave Seaman. of course. Ellen Allien and Tiefschwarz all feature across the season.Ramirez doing a four-hour back-to-back. underground house don Jesse Rose.” continued Ulli. there is still room for NYC’s house hero Dennis Ferrer. Party starting genre chameleon Felix Da Housecat. “Brazil is an amazing clubbing destination and Warung is its most legendary and beautiful club. It all kicks off on Wednesday 2nd June with the legendary François K.Y. German electronic masters like Booka Shade. while the more melodic techno vibes of Robert Babicz. Instead.” Offering an alternative appeal to the main room. new school innovators and quality sounds all-round WITH Mauro Picotto’s Meganite sessions at Privilege no more. “We’ve got Supernature with Solomun and Audiofly. house legends X-Press 2 and Kevin Saunderson’s pioneering techno-pop outfit Inner City are all on the bill. The Dutch rolling tech-house sound of 2000 And One is represented. Paul Woolford and Luciano are all favourites at the Brazil club). Lee Curtiss and Jamie Jones also appear. Sascha Dive . Brazil’s Warung is landing on Ibiza with its bold Wednesday night residency at the colossal Privilege this season. before switching through the night into tech-house before ending up on techno — which is the philosophy of Warung. the Coco Loco room will be host to weekly label/ promotion showcases. Aril Brikha and. Rekids boss Radioslave French techno experimentalist Agoria and more leftfield choices like Cobblestone Jazz. Secretsundaze with Giles Smith and James Priestley.” explains Ulli. Martinez. 042 DJ486. competitive and fiercely protective Ibizan clubbing landscape has clearly left certain Warung favourites off-limits (Sasha. Get Physical with Heidi and Alex Kid. Warung Ibiza’s line-up plots an impressively diverse spectrum for a debut season. Space’s Kehakuma has gone all out to marry the best of the old school and the modern musical shapeshifters with each week bringing together up to eight top quality headliners. edgy and achingly of-the-moment grooves of Seth Troxler. “We’re also representing the cream of Brazilian electronic music.” Space’s in-house Wednesday sessions bring old school legends. Steve Bug. Mannheim innovators like Nick Curly and Johnny D have been secured and the sensuous. And if you’re sniping this might be some halfhearted. who has helped mastermind the move.” While wading into the crowded.djmag. so for us it is really important to promote it in the heart of Europe’s club scene.

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he’s destined to detonate Space.With a live residency at Space. spliced with smoky r&b-licked male vocal tones and half-forgotten smudges of Detroit chords.indd 45 17/5/10 17:52:01 . Yet it’s down to his relentless work ethic that he’s risen from relative obscurity to being one of the most in-demand artists out there in a matter of years. where suddenly overnight everyone knows your name a lot more. made in collaboration with fellow feted producer Jay Shepheard. Last year. ‘Walk Tall’ works ghostly shimmers of live marimba. Ibiza and a perfectly-formed debut album — ‘Runner’ — in tow. was a perfect ASTUTE The final part of the jigsaw. if it doesn’t work you’ve got to be prepared to go. and then just get going. he discovered the liberating power of dance music. Cadenza and the mighty Planet E on for size). Perhaps his finest moment to date is ‘Colours’. I thought. You get into the studio. rears its head on the looped-up ’70s funk and propulsive 4/4s of ‘New Beginnings’. I love a lot of old Detroit techno. Chris considers collaborations to be a vital part of his working process. thriving under pressure and of course his plans on the White Isle… Words: BEN MURPHY Pics: ROB LOW am a complete workaholic a lot of the time. it’s going to be purist techno.” Glimpse insists. Buzzin Fly. tinged with old school atmospherics and huge synth stabs. on all the coolest labels (try Get Physical. At the age of 14. though. and they blew my mind and I thought. star-gazing optimism. but it’s an approach that’s clearly paid off. “I wanted people to listen to the album and look back at the music that inspired me. ‘I’ve got to get into this!’” Post-rave epiphany. but until you’ve got a platform like Planet E or Cadenza. Glimpse began to emit his first few releases on his own label. “I always was a bit paranoid in sending my music to other people. This summer. With a handsome back catalogue of releases that any other relative newcomer would give their eye-teeth for. Everyone’s got a different view on a sound or on a groove. I’m gonna start sending music to other labels and a lot of other people said that I really should. he developed a taste for more organic sounds. he began DJing and immersing himself in electronic music. he’s an idol of mine. but as Chris ON THE RUN 045 DJ486. To the extent that it pisses my girlfriend off. and then some. It’s out of control!” he laughs. ‘Cool. ‘We Existed’ (2008. upbeat slab of classic house.” It was an astute move. you’ve got the best job ever. rich in mahogany synths and space-age. With the stakes raised. out now on the none-cooler Crosstown Rebels. and I try to be very precise to the extent that I’ll lie awake at night thinking about a hi-hat. With Crosstown Rebels as well. he set out to build a name for himself. a lot of blues and jazz stuff. a hugely potent. It may well be the case that this 29-year-old London DJ/producer is obsessive over detail and a slave to the rhythm. DJmag snagged him to talk inspirations. blues and jazz in there. It was to prove the sounds of granite-tough techno that would come to shape his perspectives and encourage Glimpse to take his hobby seriously. glimmering technoid styles. bugging out to one of the nation’s most beloved dance acts when they played live at a big London venue. It doesn’t always work. sprinkling its skeletal. The association with Carl Craig and him playing a lot of my stuff has helped me a lot. it smelts molten machine funk with more organic. while there’s also the small matter of a much-anticipated debut artist album ‘ Runner’.” Disco. too. “It’s an important part of my work. A series of ‘% Black’ releases garnered plenty of attention with their chrome-plated. “I listen to a lot of Afrobeat actually. Working equally well alone as with other producers. underground vocal house. with tracks for all kinds of different labels. Four Twenty) showed a propensity for slick but steely. and thankfully ‘Runner’ delivers on all that promise. So that’s gonna come across. his cuts became ever more exciting and diverse. brittle majesty over driving but mellow house drums and an inspirational snippet of speech from jazz great Cannonball Adderley. playing almost every weekend. that’s what I’m into. aka Glimpse. “I’m really specific about how I work in the studio. Techno-wise. satisfying hit of fathomless electronic clubbed-out splendour. “So there’s a lot of the Afrobeat.” In 2005. as well as Robert Hood and idol Jeff Mills. “I went to see Orbital at Brixton Academy. the equipment that I use. devastating brew that could have been made by no one but Glimpse. Glimpse is hot property indeed. it’s all about Jeff Mills.” considers Christopher Spero. Birmingham butchers Surgeon and Regis featured in his staple listening diet. A condensed. go have some breakfast. ‘La Cucina Del Cabrón’. ‘If I Was Your Girl’ is a majestic flotilla of Basic Channel dub techno studio desk manipulations and phantom echo. featuring soul legend Taka Boom. you don’t get noticed so much. I think it’s one of the things that I like about my job the most. and his face off with Lee Van Dowski on Cadenza. and his increasingly high production values. suffice to say. summer 2010 couldn’t get any hotter for Glimpse. growing in confidence. but his journey has “I been one of applied dedication and determination. and I find it really exciting to get other people’s views. I like really earthy techno and house. and my interest in Detroit and Chicago house. last year’s ‘Drifting’ on Carl Craig’s Planet E was a perfect simulacrum of Motor City electronics. Concurrently. Later. warmer fragments of soul and African percussion to create a distinctive. understandably. when I work in the studio. But it seems that Chris is taking it all in his stride. is the album. Ibiza with eight dates of a live residency at We Love. let’s give it another crack or not’. “I started my own label and always released on that until people started asking me for remixes and stuff. all of which colour and feed into his electronic productions today. no worries. the Kompakt-affiliated Glimpse Recordings. I’m definitely happy with where it’s going now!” Chris makes it all sound so easy. I suppose. If I’m going to listen to techno. “I’ve been doing this professionally for three or four years. I do all of my collabs over Skype.” stripped down confection of tech funk and rumbling ethno percussion.” Glimpse admits. listen to some music that one or the other brings to the table. Present artists that I like are Omar S and Levon Vincent. of course. When you’re into the same music.glimpse_feature.

” 3.glimpse_feature. Glimpse had never been to Ibiza. to enjoy it on every level. and then the rest of the time chill out.” 2. It’s nice to go to a club one night or two nights. In fact. Jeff Mills used to play disco at the end of his sets. disco… that’s kind of why I like working within it. and now he’s a card-carrying convert. You could get lots of ideas. pianos. and there’s some other bits. One of the most emotive pieces of electronic music ever made. which I’ve still got. a beatless but surging clank of rolling stock through a snow-blanketed landscape. “My agent phoned me a few months ago. it’s limitless. strung out Kosmiche electronica of last track ‘Train In Austria’. The whole rhythm and the sounds. and said we’ve booked you for Space and I was really happy!” he smiles. there’s a grey area in the middle that all of those genres can occupy. because when I was in the studio in Berlin working on the album. “When I started going out with her she was a really keen runner and I was quite unfit. Tangerine Dream’s ‘Love On A Real Train’. I wrote a whole series of records about train journeys.quite rightly points out. and a dedication of sorts to one of Glimpse’s favourite tunes of all time. Tangerine Dream ‘Love On A Real Train’ Virgin “This is one of my favourite records. But in the wrong hands.” The biggest departure of the album.com 17/5/10 17:52:03 . and a great sound and an understanding of techno and disco then you can get a great result. but there’s quite a few things that are custom-written for that environment. inspiration for the album’s myriad different directions was often borne out during running sessions in the afternoon — hence the album’s title.” 5. it was an amazing PRECONCEPTIONS show. it acts as a sponge. I thought it would be quite quiet but it was absolutely rocking. he’s a good mate. it was quite epic. “I’d only ever seen Ibiza Uncovered and I guess I had a negative view of what it might be like. though.” Naturally. It ticks a lot of boxes. It has an ability to cross genres and never date. An absolute masterpiece. The vocal is amazing. Pet Shop Boys ‘Heart’ EMI “I have always been fascinated by this record and never tire of it. you have to do it right. Thankfully. it will be sacrilege. Hitting the studio in the morning and then going for a brisk jog to clear his head. Jay Shepheard and I are doing an EP for my label. “That’s a complete reference. It’s constantly reinventing itself. Beaumont Hannant ‘Woven Textures’ General Production Recordings “Another great track from the English duo that released four LPs during the ’90s but have now disappeared. Glimpse & Jay Shepheard ‘Colours’ Glimpse Recordings “This is a track I wrote with Jay last summer. It’s going to be quite a lot of stuff off the album.” For an artist so ensconced within dance music culture. who introduced him to it. and that inspired the vibe of the track. but if you sit there trying to copy someone then you get a bad result. And I started running.indd 46 www. the slender framed Glimpse found running therapeutic. Glimpse won’t be letting the double whammy of a prestigious live residency in Ibiza or adulation for ‘Runner’ get in the way of that dedicated work ethic. his perception of the island tainted with preconceptions of its naffest excesses. and that it aided the creative process. I literally landed and went there with no expectation. I’m looking forward to playing some new edits of it again this summer. and just as a holiday. That’s what techno does. is the epic. In the right hands it can still be great. I played the last set on the Terrace. too. This track is really original. “I’ve got a new single coming on Cocoon with Martin Dawson after the album. I thought it was quite a fitting title for the album.” With plenty of new releases already lined up. clubbing. I went through the Alps and it was this long and really amazing journey. I’d go running in the afternoon. “Disco is wicked. absorbing other genres and taking other bits. and it really rocked the terrace at Space.” 4. Boom Bip ‘Do’s & Dont’s’ Lex Records “I’ve never heard anything like this before. Just amazing. working. I’m doing a collaboration with Will Saul at the moment. I’ve always been into it. Perfect pop music!” 046 DJ486. Robert Hood played disco. really. it seems surprising that until last summer.” Largely made last year when Chris was on a self-imposed sabbatical to Berlin. a set at Space last summer changed all that.djmag. a fact Chris is still reeling from. “If you’re making filter disco and you’ve got a really great analogue filter. as he’s got an unprecedented eight date live residency at Space night Kehakuma. It’s always had a very good relationship with techno and house. I had an absolutely fantastic time and I can’t wait to get back out there. and the textures and production are amazing. it looks like he’ll be pounding the pavements – and dancefloors – into submission for a long while yet… Glimpse’s five faves for the White Isle… 1. it was an amazing gig.” Good thing. if you want to plunder the past. playing. And she bought me some running shoes for my 27th birthday. something with Matt Tolfrey. running has been a constant in his life since meeting his girlfriend two years ago. cos I was spending quite a lot of time in the studio. “Last year I played one gig at Space. you’re the first person to pick up on that! That’s why it’s called ‘Train In Austria’. “I was quite surprised that I had eight shows but I’ve been writing music especially for it.” Chris confesses. too.

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I’m 30 this year and I grew up in the 1990s listening to house music that contained lots of disco samples. And it’s this groove-based.” says Sean Brosnan.indd 48 www. It also generated the kind of feedback on blogs and in music press and music-dedicated websites that encouraged Sean to make plans to put out a follow-up to the first one. The Revenge. even some of the filter house sound that was popular in the 1990s. vastly musical house sound. with the Ibiza 2010 season just kicking off.ibiza disco_feature. Paris. Saturday Night Fever changed things and put disco music into a different context. they always thought of it in those terms. Then there’s the whole DFA thing from New York. And this summer. Berlin. or doing re-edits of old disco cuts to play in their sets. “In London there’s underground parties such as Horse Meat Disco and Disco Bloodbath that are packed out every time they happen. “I’m really happy that after the dark period of minimal people are getting back to joyful melodies and joyful music. Bands like Crazy P. And there are underground parties like that all over the world. And now. every weekend. I combine deep house This nu disco eclecticism encapsulates the anything-goesstyle spirit that DJs such as Larry Levan were famous for at the Paradise Garage and that DJs such as Francois K and David Mancuso have based their entire DJing career on — and still purvey now. So too are bands Anything goes 048 DJ486. “It’s just better to dance to. And when they’re not playing records. the label that’s just released the third instalment in the successful ‘Future Disco’ compilation series. an underground network that snakes a pulsating path to vibrant scenes flourishing in pockets all over the world. the album became 2009’s biggest selling compilation on iTunes. “People used to think disco was a dirty word but now it’s come back round again. NEEDWANT such as Escort and Holy Ghost from New York. laden with vocals. with disco stuff. That first selection of disco-infused tunes included fresh cuts such as Tensnake’s ‘Holding Back (My Love)’ and the Hercules & Love Affair remix of Chaz Jankel’s ‘Get Yourself Together’. they’re making them. After it was released. It was only later down the line it became a specific genre when the more European aspect of it came to the fore.” Tensnake is just one of the legion of future dance stars making this new style of disco and 1980s boogieinfluenced house music that’s been bubbling under for the best part of a decade and is now pushing its way into the mainstream. When I DJ. Faze Action and a lot of the stuff that came out on Nuphonic and Paper Recordings in the 1990s sampled old disco tunes. disco and 1980s boogie era continue to be re-worked and re-hashed by music fans today. Really it’s just groove-based music that’s been a bit of a refreshing antidote to the boring minimal sound that we’ve all had to suffer for so long. and Tim Sweeney’s Beats In Space (www.” “It’s because people in Ibiza want to hear a more Balearic soundtrack that this style of music is becoming more popular” SEAN BROSNAN. I dug back from then and I think a lot of the people making re-edits of old disco and boogie tracks from the 1970s and 1980s are doing the same thing. “I remember when I started DJing in the early 1980s people used to refer to disco music not as a specific genre but just the music played in clubs and discotheques which was predominantly soul and funk.” says German disco-house producer Tensnake.” Sean put out his first ‘Future Disco’ album last year. This nu disco circuit is where DJs such as Greg Wilson. played by everyone from Prins Thomas to Pete Tong. across America. tracks such as Tensnake’s ‘Coma Cat’ are already looking set to mutate from the underground hotbed — where they’ve been bubbling under for a while — into fully-blown Ibiza anthems. Prins Thomas and Lindstrøm have been pushing the sound for ages.com) show that he does out of the city every week. one of the final compilations to come out on the now defunct Azuli label. Then when people thought of disco. edging minimal out of the way as its anything-goes spirit brings joyful Balearica back to the dancefloor.beatsinspace. In Norway. He’s really been hugely responsible for pushing this new disco sound. head honcho of Needwant. “The thing about this new disco scene is that it encompasses so many other things apart from 1970s disco. Needwant has a residency at Space in Ibiza as well as a set of tour dates that will take the label’s future disco sound all over the world. Prins Thomas. Ibiza and Japan there’s a fresh sound working its way out of back rooms in clubs onto main room dancefloors. better to have a good time to. boogie-influenced music.” says Greg. all over Australia. funk.com 13/5/10 10:21:47 . Portugal. DJmag reports… Words: Claire HugHes I n the UK. The Social Disco Club in Portugal is all about this nu disco sound. in Brazil. taking it away Balearic “I think in a way it’s because people in Ibiza want to hear a more Balearic soundtrack that this style of music is becoming more popular. Greg Wilson. It’s put Tensnake and the output from his Mirau label on the global nu disco map. According to king of the re-edit. Todd Terje and Lindstrøm all DJ regularly. “There’s been a lot of interest in disco for a long time now.Nu disco is set to be the sound of Ibiza 2010.” says Sean. it’s no surprise that old tunes from the soul. Norway. that’s been shoving the bland. The baton has now been picked up by DJs from all over the world. glistering mirrorball-lit spot on the dancefloor.djmag. His 2009-released ‘Holding Back (My Love)’ was one of the biggest underground ‘nu disco’ tunes of last year. soulless sound of minimal out of the way as it cuts a path to the nearest.

Sharon & Diana ‘Special Hangover (Henry Greenwood Edit)’ Originals by Sharon Brown (‘I Specialize In Love’) & Diana Ross (‘Love Hangover’) Released in 1982/1976 08. hot-to-drop top 10 re-edits. T-Coy ‘Carino (Greg Wilson Edit)’ Original released in 1987 10. Jay W McGee ‘When We Party (Uptown Downtown) (Chopshop Edit)’ Original released in 1982 Tensnake 07. Duff Disco 004 ‘Eagle Flight’ Original by Steve Miller Band (‘Fly Like An Eagle’) Released in 1976 05.Greg Wilson picks his current. 01. The Beatles ‘Tomorrow Never Knows (Leftside Wobble Edit)’ Original released in 1966 02.indd 49 . William DeVaughn ‘Be Thankful For What You Got (Onur Engin Edit)’ Original released in 1980 (this was a remake of a previous recording by the same artist issued in 1974) www. released in 1974/1971 06. GW Ruff Edits #4 ‘French Crystal’/‘Belgian Jungle’ Originals by Crystal Grass (‘Crystal World’)/Chakachas (‘Jungle Fever’). 6th Borough Project ‘Just A Memory’ Original by Hi-Gloss (‘You’ll Never Know’) Released in 1981 09.djmag. Cosmic Boogie 004 ‘Youngblood’ Original by War Released in 1978 03.ibiza disco_feature.com 049 13/5/10 10:21:52 DJ486. Disco Deviance 014 ‘Shack Up (Revenge Edit)’ Original by Banbarra Released in 1975 04.

.” Graeme’s label Instruments Of Rapture has been instrumental in supporting this nu disco scene and. he says. then you have natural events like that volcano going off recently that brought the whole world to a standstill. really it’s just about having fun. not just in the UK. and you’re more likely to hear a DJ mixing it up than boshing out five hours solid of techno. It’s anarchy. “They don’t care if it’s cool. listening to music that makes them smile. they say how big it was. aka Glasgow-based producer Graeme Clarke. being played by DJs such as The Rapture. future twist. walk into any club anywhere in the world. “Most DJs play using a laptop now and crowds expect a DJ to have loads of music with them.” Ibiza has traditionally been the stepping-stone to the mainstream when it comes to what’s hot in dance music. his re-edit of Hot Chocolate’s ‘Cadillac’ got so much attention on the blogs (with Todd Terje bigging it up all over) that it got picked up by Jiscomusic for release. People make the mistake of thinking that disco music back in the 1970s and 1980s was all about what was going on at Studio 54 but it wasn’t. DJs are starting to realize that they’re now playing to the iPod and iTunes generation of clubbers who have shorter attention spans. “For me the spirit of disco is that eclecticism and that’s what Harvey does.” In 2007. house and funk that I was playing in bars and clubs around Glasgow.” says 31-year-old Graeme. “I picked up that track originally on Soundcloud. dancing and having an amazing time. “Seeing and hearing Harvey DJ there was amazing. future twist.” says Greg. “For me.djmag. Graeme DJ’d in Miami at New York DJ Tim Sweeney’s Beats In Space party. one-dimensional soundtrack all night.” It’s this maverick. dance and be happy and they certainly don’t want to go out and dance to the same. it was just about people dancing in clubs and losing their minds through an eclectic mix of music played by DJs who didn’t stick to one genre. The planet is in economic crisis.com 13/5/10 10:21:59 . These clubbers. “That’s what DJing has always been about for me: you’ve got a room full of people and a whole load of tunes and you’re just trying to tie it all together and make everyone dance. so they expect to hear a wide variety of tunes when they go out dancing.” says Graeme. are used to picking and choosing what they listen to and have developed musical tastes that aren’t restricted by genre. Graeme’s been putting out his own music through his own Instruments Of Rapture label and is working on a full-length production album for Jimpster’s people interpreting old sounds with a fresh. but it was tiny in comparison to what disco was — it was massive. I think that it’s because of things like this that people just want to have fun. and I would never have been able to make contact with someone like Onur. Now the possibilities are endless and I do think that’s what’s pushed the whole re-edits culture that’s been a huge driving force in this nu disco scene. Greg Wilson. He played for five hours.ibiza disco_feature. this summer. then a hip-hop tune with a bit of funk. Since then.” says Tensnake.” One of the tunes Greg is playing non-stop at the moment is an edit of William DeVaughn’s old soul classic ‘Be Thankful For What You Got’ by an unknown Turkish producer called Onur Engin.from the black side more. “If it wasn’t for Soundcloud I would never have been able to find that re-edit. playing everything across-the-board and keeping everyone in the palm of his hand. boring.” The Revenge started doing re-edits of tunes over a decade ago. People talk about punk as a movement. We’re going through tough political times at the moment. or if it’s right or wrong.” says The Revenge.” says Graeme.” The Revenge 050 DJ486. nu disco sound. disco. and the mighty Tensnake. Back in March this year. using them as DJ tools to bridge the gaps between genres. soul. Greg Wilson Freedom “I think it’s more about freedom than anarchy. That’s what makes it such an exciting fresh scene rather than just an exercise in nostalgia. it’ll be this nu disco sound you’re going to hear creeping further into the main room line-ups in the clubs. soul and filter disco would have been unheard of but now. Wind back 10 years and the thought of combining a mid-tempo house tune with a techno cut. yet another imprint that’s pushing this eclectic.indd 50 www. but on dancefloors all over the world.” “It’s all about young GREG WILSON Delusions Of Grandeur label. according to him. That’s why. “At the end of the day a DJ is communicating with a room full of people via music so you can’t dictate to them. 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Flying Lotus. “The scale of Sonar is what makes it so significant. with an emphasis on the experimental. it’s impossible to predict what’s next. the sunshine. Mary Anne reckons that 2010 is destined to be a particularly exciting and significant year for music.com 11/5/10 11:53:05 . For many — Skream.djmag. the food.indd 54 www. For bass music bliss. of course — it’s destined to be the biggest one yet. And it’s a real challenge to see if a fresh and vital young artist can cross over there. from the phenomenal soundsystem. the beach. globe-straddling acts to the freshest firebrands. future garage hype machine Joy Orbison and UK funky poster boy Roska all playing — as well as Mary Anne herself. An unerringly accurate musical barometer of peerless cool. uncompromising music. but 2010 is set to trounce them all. it’s Radio 1’s experimental music ambassador Mary Anne Hobbs. But just who are the essential acts to catch in 2010? Well. and by night. Sonar has something for every open-minded music fan. the domain of out-there sonic scientists plying their trade in the blazing sun. designed for heads-down grooving. techno. The stage was mobbed and completely wild.” Each year Mary Anne has upped the ante. to the incredible industrial setting under the warm star-studded skies in Barcelona. when people play Sonar one year. Joker and The Gaslamp Killer particularly — Sonar has been a real tipping point in their career. the architecture. funky and mongrel bass music beats. It’s a multi-sensory cultural experience!” she enthuses. everyone from Grace Jones to Moderat to Martyn to Animal Collective played.” 054 DJ486. Mary Anne Hobbs. “To offer up a stage to an artist which (at 8500 capacity) is probably 10 times the size of anything they may have experienced before is very exciting. though. As a DJ and broadcaster she’s remained a tireless champion of the freshest beats since first hosting The Breezeblock show on Radio 1 in 1997. We had no idea what to expect. her Experimental show on the station pushes the freshest in dubstep. W ith Sonar 2010 looking like the strongest edition yet. she’s also now a regular fixture on the Sonar line up since she first curated a stage there three years ago. there could be no better time for Mary Anne to pick out her Sonar top tips. especially as The Beastie Boys were headlining at the exact same time as my showcase just 10 paces away on the main stage. In 2009. a ravemungous aircraft hangar of capacious size. this time. It was the first time anyone had a sense of the real potential of the sound globally. At Sonar By Night on 18th June.BLIPPIN’ ‘N’ TIPPIN’! Words: BEN MURPHY hen it comes to the best in futuristic. as well as expanding the festivities to another outpost of Spain — Galicia’s A Coruña — inviting the likes of Sasha to ignite the dancefloor. from the biggest. Kode 9 & The Space Ape and Skream to represent the different eras and textures of sound. challenging. Today. Sonar rules. inviting giants like The Chemical Brothers. and she’s already awaiting it with baited breath. But the night was biblical. The iconic Catalan festival — which every year stretches out across Barcelona with tentacular grace and in 2010 takes place between 17th – 19th June — manages to pack in the finest of all the electronic beats that matter within its line-ups.Sonar_feature. With LA’s cosmic overlord Flying Lotus. to the wonderful audience who come with open hearts in such vast great numbers. “I chose Oris Jay. the festie organisers have upped the stakes. she’s invited three of the most influential beat-makers alive to blast out their most highly-evolved rhythms from her stage. “The greatest thing about electronic music in 2010 is that you never know what’s around the next corner.” Mary Anne remembers. Mary Anne Hobbs has become a card-carrying advocate for Sonar and reckons the sheer size of the platform that it affords new artists is unparalleled. and has led to Mary Anne becoming a kind of dubstep conquistador. the reason Sonar has such enduring appeal is the breakthrough artists who play there before they hit the big time. By day. LCD Soundsystem and the dapper Roxy Music to the party. The cheap production software that allows almost anyone to build beats and the global platforming that Soundcloud and MySpace allow mean that the whole creative process is now accelerating so rapidly. “Everything’s exciting. if anyone’s qualified to comment. reflecting the progression of her beloved dubstep. DJmag tapped up the warrior queen of experimental music herself. read on… REAL POTENTIAL With constant DJ gigs all over the world.” she believes. For many. ambient and the latest bass music mutations. their profile is elevated immeasurably the next. to find out why the Barcelona electronic music fest remains such a magnetic draw and who the best acts to catch are this year… W Since weighing in with that none-more-heavy line-up in 2007.” In this light. “Sonar invited me to curate in 2007 and to bring UK dubstep to their stage for the very first time.

” LUCKY ME PRESENTS “The Saturday night showcase on the Sonar Lab stage from Glasgow’s inspirational crew from 12-3am is a must.” HUDSON MOHAWKE Mary Anne expects big things from the versatile.” says Mary Anne of the wonky psychedelic hip-hop dude who’s drawn favourable comparisons with the likes of Flying Lotus. “Anyone born in my era will find it hard to resist another bout with Bryan Ferry on the Saturday night at Sonar. day-glo electro funker who recently wowed the world with the ‘Butter’ LP. “This Glaswegian boy wonder signed to Warp will follow my showcase on the Sonar Lab stage on Friday 18th June. I hope he will show in Barcelona. and I’m particularly excited to check Machine Drum’s set for them.” she informs. The whole five act bill looks impressive.indd 55 11/5/10 11:53:29 .Sonar_feature. He was always pop music’s real panther!” she winks. Mary Anne’s tipping the suave glam rockers.” she says. Roska. “Roska is a dazzling young Londonbased star of the UK funky scene. I imagine he will be devastatingly good.MARY ANNE’S TIPS FOR SONAR ROSKA One of the most feted and rated of the new crop of mutant house pioneers behind the UK funky phenomenon. I actually booked him way back in autumn of last year to perform on my Sonar Lab stage on Friday 18th June. He’s a challenging character but I admire his work very much. ZOMBY “Notorious as one of the Hyperdub label’s most mysterious and elusive producers. after Bryan Ferry’s recent star turn with DJ Hell. gets the nod from Mary Anne as one to watch this Sonar. NOSAJ THING “One of the most exciting of the new generation LA artists. “He’s bringing his full live light show into Sonar By Day on Friday 18th June. and the very first UK funky artist ever to be booked at Sonar for my showcase on the Sonar Lab stage 12-3am Friday 18th June.” 055 DJ486. fresh from the release of his self-titled debut album on Rinse. who should be on firing form. ROXY MUSIC To prove she’s not all just about the heavy bass.” THE SUGARHILL GANG “I’m serious! Old skool hip-hop heroes play the Sonar Lab stage on Friday night after my showcase… I can’t wait!” JOY ORBISON “The shooting star of the UK’s electronic underground… He was the first artist to be confirmed to play at Sonar in 2010.

but that hasn’t stopped them picking up critical and public acclaim for their last. Unparalleled acid techno sound and fury and tracks from his beyond classic ‘Sheet One’ album. And with reports suggesting this is also his best record yet. there may not be that many more opportunities to catch his live punk disco juggernaut live. soulful techno. so expect anything from ebony toned jazzy electronics to looped up electrofunk to raw. PURSUIT GROOVES Surfacing on dubstep impresario Pinch’s Tectonic label. Andrew Weatherall-produced album ‘Tarot Sport’.Sonar_feature. FUCK BUTTONS It’s not just the name that’s keeping this Bristolian duo off the daytime radio playlists. PLASTIKMAN Richie Hawtin has resurrected his dormant Plastikman moniker and you know what that means. Or just expect the unexpected — and for it to be amazing. this Belgian duo took the nu disco sound to the new levels of popularity that it’s currently enjoying. outspoken Kenny Dixon Jnr sure isn’t known for doing it the conventional way. blasting out of one of the most formidable soundsystems known to man. The be-Afro-ed. But with anticipation rising for the forthcoming album due on Wall of Sound. Their immensely wigged out Kosmiche electronics are a long way from the conventional. To miss this would be folly. Live is where they come into their own — down some moon juice and sink into the sounds. of course. via twisted hip-hop.indd 56 www.com 11/5/10 11:53:45 . have they got what it takes to go all the way? Find out when they play Sonar By Night on 18th June… 056 DJ486.djmag. not to mention visuals that would give James Cameron a heart attack. it would be foolhardy to miss them perform tracks from it in the inspiring environs of Sonar. while you still can. Pursuit Grooves’ debut album ‘Foxtrot Mannerisms’ was like a mental NYC mesh of Jill Scott on cosmic pills with a side order of bass music and electronic atmospherics. MOODYMANN Detroit’s disco-tech enigma is coming to the festival for a rare-ashen’s-teeth appearance and anything could happen. This huge talent’s popularity is set to snowball — catch her at Sonar first. as well as all the classics. AEROPLANE Arguably.DJMAG’S TIPS FOR SONAR LCD SOUNDSYSTEM With James Murphy insisting that their new third album ‘This Is Happening’ will be their last.

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and techno. Thursday The man behind the original. Limited adv. EPM MUSIC & PHONOMONKEY PRESENTS ROBERT HOOD ‘OMEGA’ NITSA. queasy. Thursday The Parisian pranksters of unimpeachable. Daniel Sanchez. mondobcn.indd 58 www. from red light blinking sweatboxes heaving to nocturnal rhythms.djmag.com 17/5/10 10:06:24 . Expect warped bleeps from Ikonika. Previous years have seen hook ups with revolutionary labels Numbers and Brainfeeder.com/boulevardcultureclub 058 DJ486. of course… A s much as the three days and nights of Sonar 2010 itself remain the main event.co. tickets at £15 from ticketweb. minimal and classic house will be the order of the day. he’s joined by techno king Mark Broom. BLABLA & ALL INN SHOWCASE BOULEVARD.uk. Free entry with an invite or €15 without. Mulder and Olene Kadar of the Blabla crew. and this time they’re linking with Kode9’s crew of futuristic bass music fiends Hyperdub for a showcase of next-level electronics and neon bright synthage. the Barcelona-based electronic music festival just wouldn’t be the same without the satellite parties that orbit around the city. to sun-dappled beach bound label showcases. Shonky and the excellent Dyed Soundorom lock horns with Alex Niggemann.UL TRA SONIC WAVES! The best extra-curricular events and club nights taking place around the Sonar festival 2010… Words: BEN MURPHY Representing the absolute best of underground dance music. wonky underground house cool land at Sonar for more deep down. crazy ass electro bass nutjobs Detroit Grand Pubahs and DJ3000. nitsa.Sonar_feature 2. myspace.com KODE9 & PLAT DU JOUR PRESENT HYPERDUB 2010 MONDO. It’s a cheese-free alternative to Miami WMC. 17th JUNE M-PLANT. There’s too many parties to go to them all.com FREAK N CHIC. deep UK funky vibes from Cooly G. Thursday We can always rely upon Plat Du Jour to bring the best beats to Sonar. real minimal sound (yeah. leftfield two-step from Darkstar and plenty of prolapseinducing basslines from noise terrorist himself Kode9. though — what to do? Look no further than DJmag’s guide to the best of the best. there’s everything to be found here. Main man Dan Ghenacia. anything goes electroid funk. and showcasing tracks from his new album ‘Omega’. Playing “semi-live”. not the soul-less nonsense) Detroit’s Robert Hood is back to blast Barca after last year’s phenomenal party at Nitsa.

Perfectly suited to Sonar’s ethos. melancholic and massively influential sonics to town for what just might be the Off Sonar event of 2010. Friday It just wouldn’t be Sonar without a shindig of gargantuan proportions courtesy of the fully focused. Fellow groovers Ekkohaus. Try Damian Lazarus. who’ll all be packing their biggest club cuts for a typically next-level musical showdown that runs from 7pm-5am. Lemos live and underground favourite Alex Picone in tow. bassculturerecords. Arnaud Le Texier takes on room two with his Safari Electronique stable. this is one for the experimental heads and dance junkies alike. Sao Paulo musical mystic Gui Boratto and the wicked Superpitcher. all erm.com KOMPAKT NITSA. and add a third room hosted by legendary Paris club Rex.Sonar_feature 2. pitch in their takes on techno and lush electronics. oddball genius DJ Koze. tech turned disco dude Jamie Jones. ‘Plastik’ producer Simon Baker. and their take on deep house and sediment burrowing techno is always on-point and engineered for maximum funkin’. laterrrazza. with DJ Kasper. Cesare vs Disorder and Luciano Esse bolster the line up. Details were few as DJmag went to press. SAFARI ELECTRONIQUE & REX CLUB 18th JUNE 2020 VISION CITY HALL.indd 59 17/5/10 10:07:29 . cityhall-bcn. but we can reveal that label bosses Slam will lay down their kinetic rhythms. with residents Mlle Caro. Don’t miss this one. tech cats Audiojack and the promising Burnski. along with Silicone Soul and plenty more from the Soma roster. fresh-to-death 2020 Vision crew. Glasgow techno label Soma takes over one of Barcelona’s coolest clubs for a deep techno and acid house session. Julien Chaptal and Fernando of 2020 Soundsystem and Silver City renown kicking out the dub disco jams. Friday This is gonna bang. Boss man Michael Mayer. Crosstown Rebels is packing major heat at Sonar this year. Saturday Perhaps the UK’s preeminent electronic dance imprint. Each and every year. Thursday A regular fixture for Off Sonar and another essential party. man of the moment Seth Troxler.com BASS CULTURE. Expect classic house vibes mixed with modern. darker machine sonics. their party is a highlight. French electronic chameleon D’Julz brings his label Bass Culture booming into the Catalan capital.SOMA LA TERRRAZZA.com 19th JUNE CROSSTOWN REBELS PLAYA EL PRAT.com BOULEVARD. Tom Craven and Shaun Reeves on for size. Antonio De Angelis. nitsa. Molly and Yakine. Friday Cologne’s masters of kosmiche techno bring their melodic. 059 DJ486. big style. with a funk-infused tech house sound. and it’s guaranteed to go right off. Igniting City Hall this time are head honcho Ralph Lawson.

Barcelona CITY HALL Rambla de Catalunya 4. 08039 Barcelona MOOG Arc del Teatre 3.com 17/5/10 10:07:46 . Label boss Nick Curly leads the charge. raumclub. A big one! masimas. just a tearing techno set. 08008 Barcelona KANNA Paseig Maritim 1. Barcelona RAUM Calle Tarragona 141. If that’s your bag. The obvious draw for this party is undoubtedly acid house psycho-billy nutcase polymath Andrew Weatherall.CADENZA KANNA BEACH CLUB. 08014 Barcelona 21st JUNE M-NUS BEACH PARTY CHIRINGUITO CALAMAR.com/moog BOULEVARD Ramblas 27. Marcus Fix and more. Hearthrob and Barem spinning — or should that be triggering? — metallic techno in the gorgeous sunshine for the heads and degenerates still capable of partying.Sonar_feature 2. and finally. Better still. Ibiza. too. El Prat de Llobregat. House stripped bare with rumbling basslines and all the ex-minimal set going mad to it. Monday Still in Barcelona? Still got a modicum of stamina left? Still awake? Then get thee to the M-nus beach party! Magda. as well as an instinctive ability to rock the disco. 08038 Barcelona MONDO Moll D’Espanya. Just reach! kannabeach. Sunday The wild card in the pack. eloquent Ewan Pearson brings his slo-mo house ‘n’ eclectic beats to the table. or perhaps. the Mannheim sound is still everywhere. Saturday No doubt still celebrating bagging that prestigious residency at Pacha. blag entry. The Swiss-Chilean enigma is joined by Reboot and Robert Dietz. Sant Adria de Besos.djmag. Luciano and the gang come to Barcelona to showcase some out-of-this-world DJ skills and deep tech knowledge. The erudite. House taken to its rhythm-centric conclusion. 08001 Barcelona NITSA Nou de la Rambla.indd 60 www. boom-boomda-da… Yup. accompanied by scene poster boy Johnny D (who made the defining ‘Orbitalife’). Beg. Troy Pierce. then this will be right up your street. Barcelon LA TERRRAZZA Poble Español. 113. maybe punk disco ‘n’ industrial. boom-boom-da-da.com SPUN OUT! 20thJUNE CECILLE RAUM. it’s absolutely free! We’d be mighty surprised if boss man Richie Hawtin doesn’t make an appearance. Avenida Marques de Comillas. fellow musical eccentric Tim Green adds some wonky tech and warm rhythms. 060 DJ486. Sunday Boom-boom-da-da. Junto club maritime. from whom we can only expect the unexpected — maybe old skool electro. Barcelona 08001 CHIRINGUITO CALAMAR Platja del Prat. steal.com MOOG. Alex & Anthea back to back. borrow.

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” Freakout. known as one half of DJ duo.” It’s not just talk. For them it’s not just the soundtrack to the washing up.com 063 11/5/10 15:43:20 DJ486. and now it gets reduced to being an iPod advert.” Sam says. It’s a large part of dance music culture.Walls_feature. “I love dance music and dancing. but Sam seems positively dumbfounded by all the praise that’s been heaped on it already.” Sam Willis spits disgustedly. What was intended as a simple re-jig became an ongoing collaboration.” Sam recalls. And if the music is doing its job. “We’re so serious about this. tantalising tastes of dream-state rhythm rather than stretching them out into flabby. It’s very summery”). Despite its deep. it’s very much the product of the combined minds of the two musicians. if people are going to take the time to listen. soul and true beauty and is very unlikely to be found soundtracking the latest Steve Jobs money-spinning device any time soon. overwrought epics. and ‘Gaberdine’ could be a lost Border Community gem.” Like other artists that they consider as contemporaries. I feel so proud that we made that. and then it was looking like an album. They’ve also just bagged remixes of Caribou and Tracey Thorn. and Kompakt’s original idea was that we should do an EP or a mini album. ‘So what does it sound like. or maybe because of. Loose Fit. ‘Hang Four’ is a Balearic. warm buoyant bass and slow. like Ride colliding with Apparat. “You expect people to say nice things about your record. who each brought entirely different approaches to the Walls sound. A short album. or a debauched night out on the tiles. Sam passed the music on to label boss Michael Mayer. Michael Mayer took a liking to it. “The brevity is important. ‘Burnt Sienna’ is like a faded. among them The Field and Four Tet. Walls’ aim is to take you away wherever you want to go. ‘Walls’’s brevity is part of its charm.indd 63 . That’s the power of your own mind. next single ‘Hang Four’. brilliant electro shoegazing band. put some music up on MySpace and started sending it out to a few people. but when you’re so close to it. it’s infinitely more meaningful. drugs aren’t required to trip you out. you want to reward them and for them to feel it’s time well spent. melodic soundscapes. offering bite-sized. With Allez-Allez’s Kompakt connections. is it nine-minute odysseys?’ We can’t do that. But they’re not neglecting the club floors entirely. nostalgia-laced photograph of a forgotten. It’s a way of life. “If someone was to explain this band to you. oozes passion. of Banjo or Freakout renown. Guitars and heavy layers of synth spin out a galactic web of entrancing sound — with Sam Willis. And that’s only to be applauded. “It happened very quick. And they don’t like it when it gets cheapened and defiled. crystalline guitar. meditative undertow.” Sam insists that ‘Walls’ is an album to be listened to closely. Rather than get you on the dancefloor. and we’re only just getting started. Walls’ debut self-titled record. out now on venerated Cologne techno label Kompakt. and the duo realised there was plenty of mileage in their sonic meld.S am Willis and Alessio Natalizia — or Walls — are deadly serious about music. despite. we couldn’t remake it. going out getting wasted and dancing. We then went away and did a whole bunch of sketches that we were working up. “Music is an integral part of every culture from time immemorial. they’d be like. 4/4 cosmic discoid thud (“‘Hang Four’ is a lot of people’s favourite track. none of the eight tracks outstay their welcome. “We’re still getting our heads round the response to the record!” he froths. In fact. These Walls are destined to keep building… Read the full interview on djmag. ‘Walls’ is the kind of record you could happily file next to Boards Of Canada or Aphex Twin’s best albums. Walls come from dance music. psychedelic propensities and zonked. it’s very hard for you to hear the music objectively.com now… BREVITY Indeed. bloggers and promoters Allez-Allez — manipulating the electronics. sees both Sam and Alessio contribute separate remixes under their other aliases. Walls were born. where the details in the music have the ability to transport the listener. Imagine bluesman John Martyn drenched in Echoplex reverb. They first began to work together when Sam was asked to provide an Allez-Allez remix of Alessio’s outfit Banjo Or COMBINED MINDS www. and you’re in the ballpark. it’s like a magic carpet. but we think it works really well. music is our life. we want to be the best that we can and make the best music we can. and set about cultivating their uniquely psyche sound. but it’s more important in some ways when people listen to it on headphones. circa ‘Inside Out’.djmag. while DJ Harvey looks on approvingly. But at the same time if you can transport somebody without a chemical high. its difference to the rest of the Kompakt roster. “It really puts a smile on faces. We don’t feel the need to extend our tunes. It feels like a very timely record for how things are now. strumming the tripped-out six string and teasing out the melodies. “We came up with a name. and Alessio Natalizia. To me. It’s original – a rare commodity indeed these days — and has got everyone from the indie bods of NME to Norwegian disco pioneer Prins Thomas and techno mage James Holden excited. but are making something to listen to rather than something that’s easy to mix into the next record. and apparently have loads more music in reserve. jamming with Seefeel at Kraftwerk’s Kling Klong studios. were it not for the folky vocals and zoned atmospherics atop the psyche house beat. and also features mixes from The Field and Sam’s brother’s band. I don’t think about DJs mixing it in. Neither of us could have made it alone. out this month. especially when heard in headphones.” says Sam. who instantly liked what he heard. If this record’s masters were deleted or one of us got run over by a bus. with its astral. summer haze shimmer of bobbing.

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so the Watergate CD is like the clubbing version of dOP. then. “We used to produce for other artists. “’cos the album is gonna be totally different. Clement is a percussionist with experiences of drumming with the Mandinka people in Africa.T here’s no doubt about it — today.” he explains. and we played sat down. “We did this track ‘The Ceremony’ four years ago when we started. The track disappeared and then we thought about the compilation and we thought ‘ah! It’s perfect for Mathias!’ He did an edit and added his 808.” Jojo reveals. which has borne the fruit of many collaborations between the two crews.” From their roots in producing hip-hop. “A real project with friends. Eklo and Supplement Facts. because the lyrics are very hardcore. while Jojo boasts a honeycoated croon. These days you have Nôze and Seuil. the Roland SH100.” Rather than wild meaning nosebleed rave carnage. For Jojo especially. so it was time for us to play with what we learned from clubbing over the last few years. incorporating live horns. the dancefloor is a far more musical place to be. and within a year they had notched up singles on Circus Company. when to be sweet.” reveals Damien. “inspired by Berghain!” A bit closer to the usual dOP style.” states Damien Vandesande. Organic and from Paris) exemplify this trend more than most. the lyrics for ‘Carte Blanche’ were on a remix SURPRISING Currently. and we got Papini in to do the remix. When we play this track live. how to approach the crowd in a club. People want melodies and instruments. and the guys have wasted no time at all in carving themselves a groove in the techno mecca. “Our new home base in Berlin is Salon Zur Wilden Renate. most notably Italian dirty house producer Daniele Papini. dOP’s horns man. Milnor Modern. to spread their gospel of experimental. it was very relaxing. It’s been just three years that I’ve been going to clubs.” Jojo adds.” for DJ Hell.” explains Damien. so it made sense. In just the last few weeks.” says Damien. ‘Watergate 06’ — unsurprisingly. Clement has moved to Berlin.indd 67 10/5/10 12:42:32 . Mathias Kaden and Tiefschwarz are just some of the artists who have chipped in to bring about the final mix. “What’s good in our music. or at least he gave DJmag that impression bouncing around the room to ‘Church Of Nonsense’ at a pre-party in London. overall the Watergate mix is one of the most dancefloor-focused releases dOP have put out. “In Salon Zur Wilden Renate in Berlin. “I think this way. and his remix of ‘Carte Blanche’. It turns out Jojo is a huge fan of Papini. “It’s a CD for clubbing. dOP instantly found themselves surrounded by the more unusual characters in the European party circuit. real singers.” Damien reveals. But as their relentless gigging schedule and ever-increasing public profile has grown. Where their EPs often feature as many downtempo tracks as party starters. With Damien’s horns. when to be aggressive. and they all play in Watergate.dop_feature. “It took almost one year to understand that.” Damien explains. though. so we took back the vocals. the only thing we knew then was Aphex Twin and Nôze.” Damien says fondly of the infamous party den in TIGHT KNIT 067 DJ486. the sixth edition in the Watergate mix series (out now). “Now I know the psychology. Having been a mainstay of labels like Freak N Chic and Minibar. and what he did was crazy!” For all the nutty tendencies of the music. “but we had a big misunderstanding with Gigolo. After a wave of tunes driven by technology instead of ideas. “We have been friends since we were six-years-old. soulful house music. pure plutonium!” Getting introduced into the scene by Nôze. “I played the trombone. Mathias Kaden’s recent embrace of all sounds organic (check his mind-bending album ‘Studio 10’) made him the perfect candidate to take the reins on one of the wilder tracks from the dOP archives. the three of them create unique tracks crafted almost entirely from the instruments they use. Oleg Poliakov. he’s at the forefront of a reinvigorated dance scene in the French capital. not to mention a whole host of remixes. because Jo gives it the sexual one! Like a sexual tornado!” “It’s a gay track. Nôze. “You can see more real piano players. many different styles and whatever. no bullshit. you have to give it to the people!” Some of the standout collaborations on the mix came from the two occasions when dOP joined forces with fellow Parisian Seuil. French trio dOP (or dope. because it’s like jazz. keys and vocals into a style light-years from your average house platter. but now I know the culture. and Clement was drumming live. we closed a crazy three day party. “or very loud. dOP have learnt a lot about how to translate their instrumental tendencies into material that will work in a club. “There’s not a party scene here. because the vocal is ours. a lot of people with the same passion in music. With Damien and Jojo both appearing on his imminent album. but at gigs we are getting more and more wild. dOP decided to ditch the usual idea of a mix album and set about calling upon their friends to collaborate on exclusive tracks. the music will last longer. Seuil is deeply entrenched in the Paris scene. “It was a good opportunity to do it. When we play tracks live now. Never known for their DJing. But when you play in front of 3000 people with lights and smoke machines. We wanted it to be just the three of us. and we had this crazy synthesiser.” adds Damien. We knew nothing about techno.” There are some pretty surprising guests amongst the tracklisting. Now their latest project is about to drop. Masomenos. and we asked to play the smaller floor for fifty people. before the house bug grabbed them. no complications. is that we can play the same track very quiet. people go crazy. not for clubbing! I’m sure a lot of people are gonna miss the clubbing part in the album.” Damien and his cohorts Clement Zemstov and Jojo Illel are in the right place. dOP share a studio with their long time friends Nôze in the Troisieme district in the centre of Paris. “Originally. real horn players today. the whole mix bristles with energy from start to finish. how we play them gets more and more extreme. Jojo is pointing out the scope that the dOP material has for different live situations. so they have needed to spread their wings further. it was a slow process learning how to play up to club audiences in just the right way.” reveals Clement. “but there’s a really great musical energy in Paris. producers have started thinking again about the content of their tracks.

” Having well and truly established themselves in the European scene.dop_feature. I think it’s a great thing.” To cap it all off. “For the club we’re gonna go more big room. with a lot of structure.” THREE ACTS PUSHING THE “LIVE” SOUND IN HOUSE Wareika This German trio play live with guitars and keyboards. We deal not with the same people. sidestepping the dancefloor altogether. We have to do music every day.indd 68 www. “A lot of people send me tracks to sing on. you’d be forgiven for thinking that dOP were leaving their club days behind. so I’m starting it now. the artist album proper from dOP will be coming out in the Autumn. Brandt Brauer Frick are three very talented multi-instrumentalists whose winsome tunes get girls swooning with a tinkle of the ivories or a tweak of the Electribe. Their imminent album on Musik Krause should pack in the jazzy freak-outs and rock-solid grooves. and giving themselves more space to engage their own classical training.” muses Jojo.” says Damien tapping his head.” However. it’s from the Bristol school!” Damien exclaims. Clement.djmag.” “So now there is one studio at my house. Clement and Jojo are not resting on their laurels for one moment. “We have to find ways to express ourselves. look no further than their new sideproject. “The things are not improvised. is there not a cause for concern when one of the pack decides to re-locate to another city? “Not at all.Freidrichshain. for all the groups of Bristol. heavy lyrics. “The album is very dark. and the real club punk techno style will develop!” ANIMATED Feindrehstar A fully-fledged seven-piece band. Damien is confident that the dancefloor side of dOP will only grow with the rest of their myriad projects. Not content with going beyond the call of duty with the Watergate mix. Recommended listening: ‘Formation’ Tartelet And if you thought that would be enough for dOP to be getting on with.” Having worked with three different symphonic orchestras. they get even more animated when asked about bringing more live performance into their shows. Unsurprisingly though. the dOP boys are joined by a few friends for a more heads-down sound. The dOP album is more an iPod project.” Jojo explains. I think. with all this talk of dark albums and acoustic projects. if your group is as tight-knit as dOP’s. the album promises to be a far cry from the usual house act putting out a collection of twelve peak-time bangers.com 10/5/10 12:42:38 . They quietly slipped onto the radar with a deep. It’s perfect. the depressive music for the winter. “With the Watergate project. taking the best producers that I know and doing fifteen different tracks with fifteen different producers.” Damien explains. with a lot of details and orchestration. “Psychedelic songs. it’s totally a need. “The next thing we’re gonna do after the album is a French acoustic band. “It’s more interesting for us all that we move a bit. “one studio here. Recommended listening: Brandt Brauer Frick ‘Iron Man’ Tartelet 068 DJ486. Everything has to be prepared and organised. one studio in Berlin…” All this said. heavy basslines. With a release already lined up for Eklo this summer.” Damien reveals excitedly. not with the same environment.” states Damien firmly. “We have a lot of projects because we have a lot of music up here. Recommended listening: ‘Dancetrack’ Sonar Kollektiv Brandt Brauer Frick Reining in pop sensibilities with an almost classical approach to their tracks. it had to be asked when the boys would take on some kind of dub aspect to their music. which debuts on the Watergate mix. Jojo and me.” states Damien firmly. “I have a little project that I want to finish in two years. The city they take their lead from is a place rarely associated with house music. it sees the group indulge their musical side even more.” Most notably. For that. It’s perfect.” adds Jojo. Aquarius Heaven. it’s perfect for June. everything is more in the writing process. “Aquarius is gonna be more dubby. think again. and so we will not end up with the same sound.” With such admiration for a city fuelled almost exclusively on Jamaican soundsystem culture. one on Tartelet and one on Perlon.” “It’s gonna be out in the perfect time. Damien. “The dOP album is moody. their arsenal of forthcoming projects would make lazier groups weep. flowing sound that has already materialised in two albums so far this year. “We have a common love. “We built another studio here as well as our one in Paris. Feindrehstar fuse the energy of a ska horn section with p-funkiness and the dynamics of house music. In the works for a long time. “This one we’re gonna play live with real instruments.

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I started there at 2.cd feature. they understand what I play and the soundsystem is amazing!” What does Pacha have in store for the season? “This year. Pacha Futura. He’s since flown the flag for the Pacha brand across the world. South Africa. “I passed by the club’s front door everyday. Wednesdays is Subliminal Sessions. I haven’t played in the UK for a couple of years.. I’ll get that for myself too.” How would you describe your sound? “I play house music but I like all different styles. It’s not many times that I do my two hours because it’s on my contract and I leave early to the hotel. I’ll get it for my set. Mark Knight. I love this night with the energy. He was then drafted in to become a resident on the Pacha motherland in Ibiza. while in Spain we have to wait until 3 o’clock before we go out. When I get a good feeling and good feedback from the people on the dancefloor. Japan and beyond. I can play for five or six hours. progressive house. They have moved Flower Power to Tuesdays. This summer Pacha glistens with the promise of another top.CherryPiCked To PerfeCTion Revered Spanish house jock Juan Diaz — who’s mixed this month’s covermount CD — has really made his mark in recent years as one of club titan Pacha’s residents. my favourite night. They’re tech’d up to the hilt with the launch of their VIP Guide App and bursting with juicy tunes from their Pacha Recordings imprint from which Juan has mixed and blended together this month’s covermount mix… W You just played Tall Trees in Yarm at the weekend. Words: HELENE STOKES hen Juan Diaz was invited to join Pacha’s booking agents. and I would be looking down and thinking ‘Oh man. he thought all his Christmases had come at once. Brazil. If I hear a big techno track that has good grooves. Mondays we have the Swedish House Mafia. Germany. Holland.30am and my last track was at 7. “At the beginning of my DJ sets I start with deep house. really. notching up air miles to Colombia.indd 70 www. with Morillo. For my last set in Sao Paulo in Mokai club. The thing is you start the party early. The people.” How long do you normally play for? “If I have a good feeling of the people and the soundsystem I can stay until the end. Harry ‘Choo Choo’ Romero. vocal house and after that I mix some techno tracks. that makes me feel like dancing.30am but I feel good because I like the atmosphere.. it was very nice. it depends on the people that I have in front of me. Juan would play weekend afternoon sessions for the local teenagers at the club underneath the building of his family home in Catalonia. If I hear an electro track that makes me feel good. Sunday night will be amazing with Luciano.45am. how was it? “Yeah it was amazing. I was resident last year and this year will be the same. Starting out on his DJ trajectory from the early age of 15. that’s the only difference. electro. It was good to be back. and then in the mid-noughties he was plucked to play in Ibiza at the world famous cherry-tastic club for Erick Morillo’s Subliminal Sessions. Tom Novy. the club was full. “In Ibiza in the winter sometimes I have to start at 12 and finish at 7.” How do the UK crowds compare to Spanish ones? “The only thing I feel that’s different is that at 11 o’clock the club is full.” This soon led to his seven-year stint at the 5000-capacity Pacha Pineda near Barcelona.djmag. there was some really good energy on the floor — wow. I wanna see what happens in there’. in Ibiza and beyond. Dominican Republic. and his dream of a lifetime came true. People go out early in the UK. fun-filled season on the White Isle.com 12/5/10 11:22:54 . Then Thursday will be 070 DJ486.

dkS ‘Sing With A Swing’ 03. every time I’m there it’s fantastic and the food is amazing!” What productions do you have in the pipeline? “Well. But my option is always Pacha Recordings. We’ve done a fantastic remix coming on BU! Records.” TrACk By TrACk Pacha resident Juan Diaz leads us through the selection of tunes he cherrypicked for this issue’s covermount CD… 01. because they are good producers and the label has good tracks — I love all the music that comes from there. Frankie Knuckles. It has an electronic. “I’m also going to Brazil. Tuccillo ‘My issues (Juan diaz & Jorge Montia remix)’ “My first project with my friend Tuccillo.” How long have you been producing? “I did my first production in 2002. I’m waiting to change the brand and make new music there. I went to some teachers to help me understand Logic.” 08. I have new samples. When I play with CDs I can do loops and effects that you can’t do with vinyl. Juan diaz & Tanya dream ‘Spirit 2010’ “Big work from my friend Tiko. there’s my remix for Tuccillo. salsa. understanding you can put that with that and so on. ‘Take me’. plug-ins and my home studio is getting bigger so that I can do big masters and mixes. inusa dawuda & Jack Moreno ‘Shake your Money (Graham Sahara Mix)’ “This track reaches out and says. “If I hear the first record I did with my own hands. Benny Maze ‘Something you know (richard Grey for The Man Pacha remix)’ “Perfect track to finish the compilation. Jordane evane ‘fucking (original no Stab remix)’ “This pumps and pushes in a good way. A nice track with a big sax on the break. up. a lot of big names. I have made with my friends from the Netherlands.30am. from then ‘til now I am moving up.” What are you using when you DJ? “I play just with CDs.cd feature. The last to go out is another remix for DJ Onionz for his legendary label Electrik Soul. Martin Solveig and Simon Dunmore.” What plans do you have for the summer? “I will play Wednesdays at Pacha Ibiza once a month.” “The follow-up to last year’s ‘That Jazz’ — a romp through the roaring '40s. and we wrote the lyrics in two hours! Soooo quickly. I have a Yamaha 03 mixer and two Yamaha speakers with subwoofers.” Is there anything else you’d like to add? “I only wanna thank you guys for thinking of Pacha and I’m so happy to do this. Goldfish ‘holdtight (Juan diaz & Coco Silco remix)’ 09.” What equipment do you have? “I work with Logic Audio 9.the same as last summer with Fuck Me I’m Famous with David Guetta and friends. up. a perfect hard track for 5am.” “A Pacha favourite. one of the other resident DJs and producers from Pacha. Friday is Pure Pacha with Sasha. And there’s a new remix with DJ Java from Privilege for the old track ‘Overdrive’ by DJ Sandy vs Housetrap. Brazil is amazing. pure and simple. but at this time I didn’t understand how to work anything so there was another guy with me. Wow. My partner Jorge Montia and I have remixed this fantastic track to open the groove in the clubs. I’ve also done a remix for Harry ‘Choo Choo’ Romero for his new track called ‘Don’t Stop’. Moto etc. to feel the phat bassline! “Mostly I work by myself but sometimes I work with my partner Jorge Montia. I’m waiting for all the clubs of the world to buy the new Pioneer 2000. and I’m just finishing that now. The people feel the music.” 02.com 071 12/5/10 11:22:58 DJ486. Saturday is Defected with Def Mix. Bob Sinclar. KC Taylor does it again. it’s rocked the dancefloors from Sri Lanka to Moscow. Juan diaz & Tanya dream ‘The funk! (original Mix)’ “A vocal track with my friend Tanya Dream. she has a very good voice. I think every day you can understand something new. a young Balearic label. I’ve added a ‘Spirit’ acapella from my old track exclusively for this session. I play it in my sets to finish the parties. Bambossa Recordings from the USA and sometimes Blanco Y Negro in Spain. I’m giving this full support. David Morales. At the moment I’m working with Pacha Recordings. Peter Brown ‘house Music rules (kC Taylor Main room remix)’ “This is house music. I think it’s an advance. doing a little tour of about five or six dates. and we had some good times doing it.indd 71 . dennis Volpe.” Tell us about your productions… “I’ve been working really hard this year.2 and of course I work with Mac because the new version of Logic can’t work with PC. doing the opening from 122. because it’s an amazing machine! Always I say about the change of vinyl to CD is a good thing.” 11. After that I did some more that way and then I decided I wanted to be able to do it myself. Cuban sound with some really good beats. I think this summer it’s going to be strong in Ibiza with Pacha’s lineups. I’m understanding how to do everything.djmag. Peter knows the way. Sander Kleinenberg.” “My friends from South Africa gave us the good parts to do a remix. with big sax and synthesizers. A fantastic KC Taylor remix. it’s great.” 06. It will be out on Pacha Recordings in a few weeks.” 05.” 'PAChA iBiZA CLASSiCS' iS oUT 14Th JUne And feATUreS Three CdS of eVerGreen hoUSe GeMS To WheT yoUr WhiTe iSLe APPeTiTe! 10.” 04. I’ve just done a remix with Jorge Montia. Bob Marley ‘Sun is Shining (kC Taylor Main room remix)’ 07. An infectious ragga vocal track with ass-shaking demands.” www. since January I’ve finished about 15 tracks and remixes. Thank you.” What’s happening with your Marfil Recordings label? “It’s stopped at the moment. Richard Grey is one of my favourite producers. I was so happy to be asked to mix this CD. Johnny Mendez & Juan diaz ‘She Says (original Mix)’ “A good track for tech-house clubs.

Plump DJs.” What’ve been your best gigs so far? “Some highlights include Empire Brisbane. there’s perhaps even a case for coining a new term to encompass this broad umbrella in a post-breaks universe… but that’s another story. broken rhythms and sci-fi sonics. big guns the Plump DJs (with their recent Global Underground comp) and Krafty Kuts (with his re-rubs) have lately been experimenting with electro in its various forms. breaks and house finely crafted into cutting-edge dancefloor steppers.BEAT n 2010. and what was once called nu skool breaks is now a wide-open forum that takes in elements of bassline. Elite Force et al. The Stanton Warriors have created a large Matter-ramming brand with their broad-based Stanton Sessions. dubstep wobble.” Who would you most like to collaborate with? “RuPaul is due a comeback. NAPT cleaned up at this year’s Breakspoll Awards.” www. fidget.djmag. while other scene names have jumped ship into electro-house (Hyper.. Genres such as drum & bass. nestled into (global) bass music (Atomic Hooligan. global bass and (UK) funky have their own self-contained scenes that sometimes overlap.. trance and techno are still the dominant dancefloor genres. dubstep and other mongrel beats. dubstep. Look out for a big single with a big grime artist over the next few months… How do you describe your sound? “A melting pot of electro.Beatfreak_feature. No longer all about a drum pattern (boom-tish-boomboom-tish) or a regimented bpm count. but assorted non-4/4 styles have asserted their individuality by forefronting bass. Nu skool breaks pioneers Adam Freeland and Tayo from the Friction days (see page 98) effectively left the scene a few years ago to move into electro and dubstep respectively. then Prince.” Who plays your tunes? “Anyone and everyone who likes to mash things up including Miles Dyson.com 12/5/10 15:15:58 . breaks is as much about an inclusive aesthetic these days where broken rhythms combine with innovations in electro technology and bass science. Fabric London. electro and house. if you like. Freestylers etc) now drop dubstep. while more recently nu skool godfather Rennie Pilgrem has been flirting with the slower-paced nu-funk. techno. DJmag meets some of Britain’s brightest… FREAK MANIFESTO I There’s a new generation of DJ/ producers taking the breakbeat template and mutating it into myriad fresh forms influenced by electro. bass music. future garage. House. Zombie Nation. Many high-profile breaks DJs (Cut La Roc. DJmag meets the most influential beatfreaks to discover how they’re changing the game forever… Words: CARL LOBEN NAPT New-gen poster boys Ashley Pope and Tomek Naden describe their sound as N-Funk – chunky club rhythms with subterranean bassline licks and diced samples. In fact.com 072 DJ486. while their label Funkatech walked off with the Best Label gong.. The breaks scene itself has undergone a transformation in recent times. Baobinga & ID) or bedded into tech-funk with Meat Katie. if that’s not on the cards.napt-music.indd 72 www. While still associated with breaks. Pete Jordan).. d&b or electro-house tracks in their sets in a mash-up stylee that harks back to the bung-it-all-in big beat days. Mekka Miami and Glastonbury. scooping Best Producers and Best Track. the genres in electronic music are mashing together like the early days of rave. All this activity has effectively left a vacuum for a new generation of DJ/producers to fill — a new church of beatfreaks. but what about breakbeat-fuelled sounds? Breakbeat has always been a bastardised scene that borrows from other styles.

Dub Pistols.” myspace. has been thrilling with experimental beats lattices these past couple of years.com/peohaggstrom GELLA Sub Slayers Signed to Jay Cunning’s imprint.” myspace. Krafty Kuts and Foamo. A breaks act who’ve broadened out recently. How do you describe your sound? “Electro productions on breakbeat drum patterns. Crookers. Music-wise. which I was properly stoked about. Andy Gella – who used to be a house and techno producer – has been making fucked-up.” Who would you most like to collaborate with? “Reso. Plump DJs.” What’ve been your best gigs so far? “Last year I had some amazing gigs at The Egg. Leftfield. Their Urban Electro Project — with part four about to drop — has featured vocalists such as Sweetie Irie and Ragga Twins.Beatfreak_feature. Hellfish & Producer. Adam F and Scratch Perverts. That was better than headlining Global Gathering. Another EP is coming soon.” Who plays your tunes? “Stanton Warriors. Global Gathering and Fabric here in the UK. Kissy Sell Out.HIGH RANKIN music “in a vain attempt to Will Rankin makes dubstep-heavy bashy rave get laid”. Fantasy Collaborations? Carl Craig. Busy P. Tittsworth. who also makes the name Haggstrom. Loose Cannons. bassline house. Ministry. sour jungle dressing and a gabba techno side salad. Recent overhauls of the Drumattic Twins. BEAT ASSASSINS Utah Saints. Beat Assassins. breaks.” Who would you most like to collaborate with? “Liam Howlett. aka miaow. Si Begg. who used to run breaks ‘zine Mofo. But the most memorable was supporting Busta Rhymes in Miami to 30. Crookers. My next choice would probably be Taz and Beefy or the Kersal Massive.” Who would you most like to collaborate with? “I would love to get Tom Waits on a tune. His ‘This Is Suicide Dub’ comp on his own same-name label employs dastardly dub and freakbeat riddims.com/beatassassinsuk www.” Who plays your tunes? “The last single on Sub Slayers got support from the likes of Freq Nasty right through to Laurent Garnier. Bassnectar.” Who plays your tunes? “Fake Blood. Groove Armada.” myspace. Aphex Twin. He dubs himself “an OCD-inflicted studio hermit” and ragga-heavy single ‘Twinkle’ with MC Spyda on Sub Slayers was a DJmag Money Shot release a few weeks back. an experience I hope to be repeating in the near future. then being invited back to Busta’s mansion with some honeyz to spin beats on the diamond-encrusted Technics.” myspace. served with a confit of bass. Laidback Luke.indd 73 . Barack Obama and Dr Dre. How do you describe your sound? “Sexual with a hint of fear. How do you describe your sound? “Rare groove-oriented music in a blend of different genres. How do you describe your sound? “Slow-braised 2-step seared in aromatic ragga. Afrojack.” What’ve been your best gigs so far? “I heard a youth playing ‘Meow Meow’ out of his Nokia N95 at a bus stop. he’d be a stand-up comic. I am an enormous fan of his.” What’ve been your best gigs so far? “Sunday afternoon at Glade festival last year was awesome — my first opportunity to play on a proper festival sound system. He knows his beats for sure.com 073 12/5/10 15:16:04 DJ486. choppy. as well as remixes of Flore & Rodney P and Ribs & IG88 on Downbeat. Elite Force. I think it definitely helps up-and-coming producers to have a broad range of people buying their records. rather than to stick rigidly to one scene.” Who plays your tunes? “Hervé. Deekline. rhythmic breakage using his surname for four years now. dubstep and drum & bass. DJ Fresh. Huey Lewis & The News or T’Pau on an ’80s power ballad.djmag. Flore. and Joe Lenzie — aka Wooz from d&b act Sigma — are the Beat Assassins. and he’s just done collaborations with Matt Cantor from The Freestylers and The Loose Cannons.com/gellabeats Jimmy Mofo. enhanced by urban vocals. together they make and play urban dancefloor bizness encompassing electro.” What’ve been your best gigs so far? “Glade Festival 2009 was very memorable as was winging a dubstep set at Metalheadz in London. while his ‘Meow Meow’ track — and accompanying T-shirts — earlier this year lampooned the penis-shrivelling properties of now-illegal plant food Mephedrone.000 crazed kids. Sinden.” Who would you most like to collaborate with? “Vocal-wise Ludacris or Wiley. Loops Of Fury and Mr B have made him the breakbeat remixer du jour of late. Skream.com/highrankin PEO DE PITTEhouse under London-based Swede Peo. In another dimension. and their ability to effortlessly flit between booty breaks and dubstep or electro and fidget shizzle is second-to-none.

and also — appropriately enough — ‘Gangsters’ by Rico Tubbs. from wonky electro-y house through breaks and into dubstep and back.com 12/5/10 15:16:10 .” 2bitthugs. In an ideal world we’d get a studio session with N. Re:Connect. too. Big. Lady Waks.indd 74 www. Unstable and Si Begg’s Noodles has seen their stock rise further.Beatfreak_feature. They’ve recently revamped Audio Bullys. They’ve been collaborating with the Stereo MCs and The Freestylers. so Baobinga & ID or Ramadanman. Annie Nightingale. How do you describe your sound? “Like our DJ sets.” What’ve been your best gigs so far? “Last year’s Glade festival was crazy.” Who would you most like to collaborate with? “Probably Freq Nasty — dude’s a legend.com 601 BEN & LEX West country beatfreaks Ben Ervine & Alex Shellard cut their teeth on fellow Devon-based label Functional before setting up their own Ape Music. Recent remixes for Pop N Lock. Laurent Garnier. coming from slightly leftfield. George is an unashamed metal fan so he dreams of working with Emperor!” myspace. Afghan Headspin. dripping in influences from other genres .” Who plays your tunes? “We’re getting good support from a lot of great DJs.” What’ve been your best gigs so far? “Glasto. big bastard bass and kick-ass vibes to nice up the floors. Tignesfest in France was amazing and Gangsteppaz in Poland was wicked too. How do you describe your sound? “We like it heavy with the bass and rolling with the drums. With a score of original releases and recent acclaimed remixes of Afghan Headspin. Cut La Roc. Their new project has yielded blistering results so far: big bastard beats. while they folded their own Polar Red label last year to concentrate on gigs and productions — they’re now signed to Cut La Roc’s Rocstar imprint and DJ agency. from DJ Yoda to Kissy Sell Out.” What’ve been your best gigs so far? “Playing live at Glade last year was an ambition fulfilled. warping elastic bass. We are writing from 128bpm up to 140bpm. aka Inchy from tear-out titans Ctrl-Z. Either that or Elite Force or the Aquasky/Black Noise boys.PYRAMID PYRAMID are Scott. Supporting The Stanton Warriors at a packed-out Sugarbeat was one of the craziest DJ sets we’ve done.” Who plays your tunes? “We’ve had support across genres. How do you describe your sound? “Big. these guys have really upped their game.” and they too have broadened out from breaks of late to take in dubstep.” Who plays your tunes? “Jay Cunning.djmag. Dub Pistols.” What’ve been your best gigs so far? “Last year’s headlining set on the Thursday night unofficial rave-up at Glade was freakin’ amazing. the Dub Pistols and The Wrongstars. Fabric. Sound Of Habib.” Who plays your tunes? “Everyone from Freq Nasty to Krafty Kuts. smirking broadly. four-deck scratch sets and crazy quick mixing. and they’ve been producing together since the mid-90s and have been mates since childhood.com/benandlex Nat Slater and George Miller from Harrogate in North Yorkshire are 601. Annie Nightingale. Their dutty ‘Darsh’ and ‘Sex Symbol’ tracks are out soon. we like our tunes and remixes to cross the borders and tempos of all things bass-heavy. Russ Cuban to Rico Tubbs.” myspace. while their revamp of Ellie Goulding’s ‘Starry Eyed’ has been big in the game. Rektchordz. And wearing hoods. How do you describe your sound? “Bass-heavy breakneck beats with a hip-hop edge. right now we’re pushing a real wobbly 2-step sound — taking elements of future garage. dubstep and breaks and adding our own trademark twist. Their ‘Dirty North’ album was nominated in the Best Album category at Breakspoll in February.” Who would you most like to collaborate with? “Jack Beats and DJ Zinc because they always hit the moneyshot with basslines. Rennie Pilgrem. Glade. They’re also about crunk synths.R. from The Bulgarian to DJ Zinc . Marlena Shaw and QBert.com/601music 074 DJ486. They say they’re all about “big bad bass-heavy rave music. Production-wise. “It’s all about having fun and pulling bass faces. ravey electro and breaky warehouse bizzle. and they’ve just finished a track called ‘Go This Way (Lalala)’ with vocals from the mighty MC Chickaboo. whatever the vibe is in the studio that day — although we are very happy in the 140bpm jungle-drum-breakdubsteppy vibe that we are pushing at the mo. Si Begg. bashy. bass-heavy beats. aka Breakspoll host and MC Ken Mac.D.” Who would you most like to collaborate with? “A lot of the bass music guys have really been influencing us recently.com/pyramidbreaks 2BIT THUGS Gangster guys 2Bit Thugs are all about bass.” Who would you most like to collaborate with? “There are just too many. Dirty Freek. hip-hop influences.” they tell DJmag. we are music junkies. Matter and the festivals and big club nights abroad but we still buzz when the night has been slammin’ at the small independent nights.E. and Nicky D’Silva.” myspace. Cut La Roc and Jay Cunning.

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“Sometimes. It happened when Vater was a tender 18-year-old and just taking his first tentative steps into clubland’s nefarious subterranean heartland. having recorded for the likes of Poker Flat. ‘Kissing Strangers’ — a beguiling love letter to his adoptive home of Berlin… Words: Jim butler Pics: AlexAnder GnädiGer F or better or for worse. you only hear a track once and it just makes sense.indd 77 . His 2004 release. ‘The Red Dress’. Firstly. This serious and daft dichotomy has endured through Phonique’s recording career. the event has stayed with Vater all these years for a couple of reasons. sort of minding his own business when his attention was caught by a girl. arguably the club capital of the world. because that brief romantic encounter can be applied to music.” Hence the title of Vater’s third album under his Phonique alias. so I went over. Although not a household name in the UK. as exemplified by his first two albums. ‘Where’s The Party At?’. His musical styles are similarly eclectic.djmag. I enjoyed it. who was stood a short distance away eating ‘candy’. secondly. had some candy. impressionable neophyte. despite all those late nights and even earlier mornings. DJ and producer in Berlin. “but it refers to kissing music. but whether he’s drifting off into jazzy-inspired lounge www. And then I never saw her again.” Disregarding the juvenile predilection to think euphemistically of ‘eating candy’.” RENOWNED Kissing music is something Phonique has become renowned for. too. Michael Vater has spent the best part of his 37 years on this planet in nightclubs — certainly the best part of his adult life anyway.com 077 6/5/10 12:40:58 DJ486. was a light-hearted homage to the simple joys of a good party. “And she soon gestured over to me to see if I was interested in eating some candy too. as Vater has it. he’s been a successful promoter. Listening back to the tale now. But to an 18-year-old it was a jaw-dropping performance. perhaps similar of age.phonique_feature. as befits a true musical connoisseur. too. 2004’s ‘Identification’ and ‘Good Idea’.” he explains. the candy- eating temptress sounds like a seductive Lolita-type.” Vater recalls today. Brique Rouge. ‘Kissing Strangers’.” he clarifies. taking up the story. However. while his 80s-inspired Technotronic track from the same year. There he was. there’s one encounter that he’ll never be able to forget. Of course I was interested. “The girl soon realised I was watching her. “It’s not just about kissing a person. After all. and then we kissed. for a decade and a half. which followed in 2007. “You never hear it again. because it was obviously intense and heady as only teenage experiences can be. nearly 20 years on. but mostly for the better. he’s long been a favourite of unabashed house heads. and under the moniker Phonique. Dessous and our very own Crosstown Rebels.SEALED WITH A KISS Deep house master Phonique is back with a seductive summer smooch of an album. all eager. but for that one moment it is perfect. was one of the hits of that year. The stories he could tell are manifold.

he should be a reliable gauge. which is why this album is different. Michael Vater has recently found himself gongs (Beatport’s Best Deep House Artist and Ibiza’s Best name is synonymous with Berlin’s famed nightlife. That Sunday afternoons at the Panorama Bar or Bar 25. “There was a time not so long ago when things weren’t so good. but it’s really just house music in all reasons readily associated with partying. think again. Berlin is the perfect place hear it. I like to try new things.” he says. and while that is not the main From kissing strangers to kissing music. Inspired by Carl Craig’s 2008 Recomposed album — where its glorious varying shades. which then gets a DJing at Berlin’s itinerant hipster Yellow Lounge night. it’s more about listening hearing. It’s not a problem in Passion 2010’ (a re-worked version of Phonique & Kiloo’s Berlin to take in three clubs a night.” honeyed vocals of Rebecca). to feature the sweet himself swept up in Berlin’s grand post-1989 reinvention. to ‘Good Idea’. Taking in the beatific moods there are so many people out there who like good music. if you think Phonique is going to be hanging up But for all its versatility. the second Having helped to put on parties in Cologne. Phonique concurs. The moods the album evokes are completely so many great DJs and clubs about. “I wasn’t mixing as such. alongside Basic Channel’s Moritz Van Strangers’ incorporates crooner house (‘Endless Love’ my studies.indd 78 6/5/10 12:41:05 . getting frantic with hip-house. It works much like one of underground and successful and I think that’s because Some folk will label it deep house. It’s not about hardcore partying and getting fucked up.” he light-hearted house (‘Feel What You Want’. If you listen carefully you can classic from 2008) has already worked in that environment. it would appear Phonique is obsessed. applying some vintage synths to soulful strings or adding some dark stylings to brooding techno. Although there were chemicals involved. “It was either super mainstream or super As is..” Phonique 078 DJ486. to be. after ‘One Step’.” more positive sides of the musical experience. there’s traces Phonique’s distinctive DJ sets. is more of an adventure. his house boots anytime soon. For me. the album also appears to regardless of genre.” “I still go out at least three times a week. “Absolutely. I like that As for the current health of house music. ‘Kissing Strangers’ is undoubtedly start soundtracking them. From promoting parties it was a natural progression to However. of all the deep house auteurs from Ray Mang and Faze that frame ‘Kissing Strangers’. Now we have both. It’s not about hardcore “I’ll often be driving in the car listening to the radio when I start to think of a different melody to the song I’m tied in with summer. I want it to reflect the warmer. I know in London that was inspired by Toto’s ‘Africa’. is amazed by Berlin’s ability to constantly amaze and enthral. I was studying chemistry.” I saw it in Brazil. ‘Afrique’ on the new album is one such track. ‘The to new music and meeting people. It keeps me updated. It’s deliberate. reason I go out.” Oswald. explains. stylistically.” he explains. Mussorgsky — his ventures into classical have led to him blissful soulful house (‘Amy’s Heart’. it’s good to experience it.phonique_feature. Although his Strangers’. therefore. And yes. sense of freedom. more dynamic reprise as ‘Amy’s House’ later on) and SWEPT UP “I played the likes of Rachmaninoff and Beethoven. I really enjoyed it. Consequently. bottomless and broad. Vater only moved to Germany’s capital in 1995 and not for dipping his inquisitive toes into the often-impenetrable Deep House DJ) testifying to his prowess for all things world of that high cultural watermark — classical music. he’s still an album for the summer months. “I still go out at least three times a week. “because I wanted to finish the Detroit legend. he soon found track on the album. more trying to capture the feeling of that music. and in 2008. Producers can be tempo as the album progresses. it’s all underpinned by his love for house music.it to be in fine fettle — and let’s face it. interpreted music by Maurice Ravel and Modest featuring the unmistakeable vocals of Louie Austen). ‘Kissing “I moved here. because there are “I’m always thinking about house music. the noticeable upping of pitch and underground. Its release.” he concludes. “When I make an album. it would appear. Over a decade later.. Phonique also picked up two And to that end. it’s more about listening to new music and meeting people. The track ‘Summer’ puts me in mind of partying and getting fucked up.” Action to Miguel Migs and Larry Heard on ‘Kissing be a love letter to Phonique’s adopted home. perfectly timed. Phonique believes recordings.

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this is precisely what you’ll find when you press the play button on ‘Swim’. it’s even more astounding to think he devised the kind of sound that instantly stands out in the ever-morphing prism of dance music. When producing the record.” he suggests. “As a big music fan. “I like the way dance music can do that — be all about escape and hedonism. The name Caribou refers to Canadian-born Dan Snaith: multiinstrumentalist. I love the way that record sounds – I have to incorporate some of that in the music I’m making.’ whereas this time I really consciously wanted my own fingerprint so that it’s hard for people to say ‘Hey. that comes from there.YOU GOT ME FLOATING! If you think Caribou is a massive NorthAmerican mountain moose. raveeuphoric electronic opus that sees him return to his dance music roots… Words: Bianca Mitchell T here’s nothing not to like about this down-to-earth musical genius and when you consider he came up with many of his musical ideas whilst writing a maths PhD. Dan is very much into the juxtaposition of emotions.’ because everything is my own combination of ideas.Caribou_feature. Each track offers a unique sense of washing around from ear-to-ear. “My favourite music is stuff that emotionally contradicts itself. I’ve been guilty in the past of hearing my favourite music and thinking ‘wow. It’s even better when you learn that Dan Snaith feels much the same sense of satisfaction with his most dance-based offering to date. but have really melancholy lyrics. his most important goal was to create dance music that sounded fluid or liquid. There are various melancholy themes in the album — the opening ‘Odessa’ is about the divorce of one of Dan’s close friends.djmag.” www. his latest album.com 081 12/5/10 15:14:02 DJ486. maths PhD.indd 81 . muffled underwater effects and lots of panning synth. allround nice guy and brains behind ‘Swim’.” As well as wanting an original electronic soundscape. then think again. but the music is celebratory and distinctly uplifting. giving effortless liquid movement as well as a completely unique sound. If you’re looking for a stimulating new direction for your musical curiosities. sliding in pitch. And that’s precisely what he’s achieved. It truly exists in its own world of style and originality and migrates from the psychedelic sounds of his 1960s-infused ‘Andorra’. out now on City Slang — a psychedelic. released in 2007.

I was so worried though. I couldn’t even afford to go to court in the States. I’ve had no direct contact with him. “Being given a prize is a surreal thing. it spurred me on to be more determined.London club culture Dan was born in Ontario. “It can be frustrating but at the same time I never think that I’m sick of this.” It’s set to be an eventful summer for Dan and the Caribou band who are continuously touring their live show at the likes of Sonar. but have really melancholy lyrics. “If anything it was invigorating because lots of people got in touch to say ‘We don’t care what you call yourself’. If you haven’t experienced their live performance already then now is the time. he maintains it had little or no bearing on the record itself. I really wouldn’t have had a clue how to play it live. It was such an exciting thing and really kicked off my desire to make this record. Dan looks back on the whole bizarre charade as a blessing in disguise. Dan can’t believe the events that unfolded. “Even after all this time.Caribou_feature. He released his first two albums under the name Manitoba.” he froths. He hired a private investigator to subpoena me at one of my gigs in LA — it was like a movie or something — completely out of the blue and totally surreal.” he says. Team this with the distinctive blissful vibes of ‘Swim’ and you have yourself an absolute summer must-see. In spite of his roots. going for weeks and weeks without being happy with anything. Dan won the Canadian Polaris Music Prize (the equivalent of our UK Mercury Music Prize) for his lush LP ‘Andorra’. Field Day and even a set at Heaven in the middle of June. too. I didn’t know what was going to happen. whether it was going to be the end of me. But technology has seemingly caught up with his expectations and desires for the Caribou live experience. Canada but has resided in London for the past 10 years. I realised I was going to change names and get on with it. I get more excited about making music now than when I first started. he’d always worked in an insular way. ‘Swim’ is heavily inspired by influences and elements of his London surroundings.indd 82 12/5/10 15:14:04 . But the latest album reflects the growing frequency of his live DJ performances and his love of London club culture.” Back in 2008. Still to this day. and what an actual dick this guy is. as I’ve set up a lot of changing expectations from one album to the next. “It was prohibitively expensive even to hire a lawyer to fight the case and in the end. but if anything it made me more confident not to worry about following certain rules which is really great. “It was really nice and really affirming. the music he played was all his own and his records got me totally reinvigorated about dance music.” Furthermore. “It never gets boring. before being threatened with a lawsuit by punk band The Dictators’ frontman Richard “Handsome Dick” Manitoba for having the same name. I was like. “If this record had been made a few years ago.” he remembers.” Luckily.” Which is probably why he spends all of his spare time making music. Subpoena Dan hasn’t always been known as Caribou.” Throughout the production of ‘Swim’ he made around 700 half-finished tracks.” CARIBOU 82 DJ486. Dan has been impressed and inspired by the vast emergence of young producers infiltrating dance music everywhere at the moment. If anything. “Theo Parrish was doing a residency at Plastic People — the first time I went there. I work so much by myself that I don’t think about my music as part of a prize or even from a community of Canadian music for example. “I like lots of UK funky stuff. Ikonika — all this wave of dubstep stuff that’s happened recently which is far more idiosyncratic and interesting than a few years ago when everything was very formulaic. When asked if reaching such critical acclaim affected ‘Swim’. “I love James Blake. “I like the way dance music can be all about escape and hedonism.” admits Dan. so if anything. it just spurs me on even more to make something better.” ‘What is happening here? Who is this guy?’ I had no idea who he was and then it was a really frustrating process of realising there was nothing I could do.” he says. According to Dan. “Everything has turned out totally fine. avoiding local trends and what was happening at a particular time.

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“It generally starts with a melody. “Just look at me.indd 85 . and I put the album out myself via CD Baby. Librarian-style specs as he explains how he goes about putting a song together. His 2005-penned ‘Vanilla Disc’ he describes as “a bit more Radiohead-ish. “When you do your first-ever album it’s made up of all the songs you’ve built up over your whole life. Phoenix and Radio 1’s Zane Lowe — and he’s back with the follow-up. He’s been dubbed the ‘Prince of folktronica’ (after ‘King’ 085 7/5/10 15:55:17 DJ486. London. an mbox as a pre amp. chunky dad cords and brown Cornish pasty shoes. a bit more Beatles-esque.” he says.” James Yuill isn’t your average music-maker. dynamic beats and deft electronic flourishes. When he landed an album deal with Moshi Moshi in 2008.” he says. heavy electronica underpinned with an Underworld-ish riff.james_yuill_feature. his acoustic guitar. ‘Movement In A Storm’. except it’s what he calls himself. using his laptop (complete with Protools and Ableton). eyes glinting behind his thickrimmed. This new album masterfully marries folktastic lyrics and acoustic guitar with cleverly syncopated. “The songs on ‘Vanilla Disc’ had an electronic twinge.he Prins Thomas re-edit of his 2009-released smasheroonie ‘This Sweet Love’ might well have rocked Ibiza to its Mediterranean submerged core last summer but the very last place you’ll ever find London-based producer James Yuill is atop a podium at Space. his life-long love affair with music seemed finally to be coming to fruition. a Kaos pad and some e-drums. then sing vocals on top. DJmag finds out more… Words: CLAIRE HUGHES YUILL TIDES www.” There was an album that came before James was signed to Moshi Moshi. And ‘My Fears’ starts with a deliciously haunting vocal and melody before descending into glitchy. despite having executed a staggering 105 gigs in 16 countries last year alone doing his “housed up” live show to promote his debut album ‘Turning Down Water For Air’.djmag.” he says. an intense process that involved James spending hours locked up in his bedroom in Dalston. then add the rest from there.” he grins. It used to be for sale on iTunes but I’ve taken it down because it doesn’t feel like me anymore. “Normally I tend to play a chord. glancing down at his no-name windcheater.com At university James studied forensic science and planned a career in forensic acoustics — the intricate process of cleaning up sounds gathered on secret recording devices used in covert police operations — until he found himself unable to find a job and made the life-changing decision to try and make a career in music. To call James a geek would be mean. “I’ve been writing songs since I was 10. The album took him six months to make. ‘First In Line’ is an uplifting vocal house tune with Royksopp-style melodies. Less than a year on from the release of this album — a longplayer that got bigged up by everyone from The Chemical Brothers to A-Trak. “Do I look like I’d ever feel comfortable on top of a podium?” Yuill has never been to Ibiza. “I remember finding the backing track to a Bananarama song and then singing over the top of that and recording it.” T LIFE-CHANGING James Yuill’s new album combines mellifluous acoustics with electronic wizardry.

Yuill admits he’s still a sucker for a good. But I also love Tears For Fears’ ‘Woman In Chains’. When he plays live. It sounds like waves upon the shore. “For me electronic music has always been about listening to the actual music and working out and appreciating how it’s been put together. I think Gary Barlow is a genius.edIT ‘Ashtray’ album: ‘CRying OveR PROs FOR nO ReasOn’.james_yuill_feature.” James picks his top five acoustic/electronic crossover numbers… 1. but the harmonies make this album one of my all-time favourites.Fridge ’Cutup Piano And Xylophone’ album: ‘HaPPiness’. edIT is now a member of a group called The Glitch Mob. which helps to create his own unique sound. And that electronic vibe is even more developed for the live show. It’s quite experimental. “Just the way he de-tuned his guitar. released on Mush Records. Stuff like that. “I still think that if you don’t start with the basics and learn the art of beat mixing then you’re not really a DJ at all. Released: 2004 4.” But while he’d like to make the kind of music that emulates production heroes such as Underworld. it’s eveRy Way’. “I never got into the whole DJ thing.Clue To Kalo ‘Seconds When It’s Minutes’ album: ‘One Way. he is a total one-man-band. an acoustic guitar.” HAUNTING Yuill’s tastes are as varied as his musical aspirations. “Listening to his music changed the way I write songs. sipping his preferred tipple of Rooibos tea.” ”Fantastic album from Australian Mark Mitchell. National Forest ‘A. his laptop.indd 86 7/5/10 15:55:21 . simultaneously manipulating his voice.” ”This is Japanese musician Cornelius’ fourth album and it’s the ideal mixture of acoustic and electronic. “I’ve developed the live show for this new album a lot.” says James. he got into heavy rock bands such as Korn and it wasn’t until he went to university in Cambridge that he discovered his penchant for the introspective. his e-drums and some of the other bits of kit he used to record his album. He was quite shy and introverted and I remember listening to ‘River Man’. Released: 2001 5.Cornelius ‘Drop’ album: ‘POint’.” he laughs. Released: 2006 2. after leaving university and moving to London. “First I need to learn to beat mix though. James started getting into electronic music such as the weird sonics of a lot of output from Warp records and music from bands such as 4Hero and the more “obvious” dance outfits such as Massive Attack.” he laughs.” says James.Four Tet) but the music he makes doesn’t strictly fit into that format. a song he wrote when he first moved to Cambridge as a teenager. proper song.” 086 DJ486. as a teenager. maybe once the mammoth bout of touring he has in place for his new album is over. That’s what really made me want to start making it myself. He picked up a guitar aged 12 because he wanted to play like his hero Kurt Cobain. “I do love power ballads.” grins Yuill. The album is a combination of subtle melodies and Aphex Twin-style programming.M. “I’ve basically maintained the acoustic elements but made it more electronic. but this album ‘Happiness’ is pretty much what we know as Four Tet now. Lights’ album: ‘One milliOn’. I drew quite a lot of comparisons to him because he studied in Cambridge when he was 19. Released: 2005 3.” ”This was released a while ago on μ-Ziq’s Planet-Mu imprint. “Take That’s ‘Rule The World’ is one of the best songs ever written. haunting. From there. Released: 2001 ”This guy’s from Manchester and was signed to my manager’s old label Faith & Hope. On this track National Forest teams up with Jacob Fletcher (folk singer). and that really hooked me in.” James says he might start DJing one day. The production is brilliant! He uses lots of organic sounds instead of electronic sounds.” Later on. A beautiful song. I love this track as it’s got a real Mercury Rev quality to it.” ”Their genre is described as post rock. guitar-led laments of Nick Drake.

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That’s why people love her. and then me and MIA mixed it together in Hawaii.” Rusko will be joining MIA on her world tour later in the year.” A 40-year-old-stoner market. it’s ‘The Prodigy Experience’ for the dance kids of 2010.’ It’s such a hard question! Put-on-the-spot or what [laughs]? But it’s all good. I thought it might maybe get to a certain level in the UK. but you can bet that the pill-scoffing 19-year-olds are going to lap it up in droves. then there are tracks that sound like love songs. y’ know? And yet. and I’ve been friends with Switch for a long time. I was producing digi-dub. there are Iration Steppas records from the early ’90s that sound just like dubstep tracks. test them out Thursday to Saturday. I play for the party kids. to make them more special. It’s punk rock. It’s true! Some DJs have never taken a pill in their life. “I’ve done a lot of American interviews for the album. but yeah. “I can’t really make music unless I’m DJing. I’m a proper raver kid. just as my first release — ‘SNES Dub’ — was coming out on Dub Police. with full piano and MIA singing like an angel. the first-ever in Nashville… It’s great. it’s hype party music for jumping up and down to. which is the modern UK dub-reggae sound. this 2009 relick married filthy squelch to ethereal whoosh.” RUSKO’S FINEST MOMENTS 01. and it basically all went off from there. and now has so many fans.” says Rusko. he’ll soon be invading the overground with his next project: the feverishly anticipated third album from MIA.” he winces. There’s the sound of waterfalls on one track.” Not that the ambassador’s role doesn’t involve the odd stressful moment. Rusko ‘Cockney Thug’ This early anthem is a still-brilliant mash-up of rolling wobble-bass. crowd-pleasing sound has earned him the ire of many a blog-spotting. and helped to define the fledgling jump-up sound. literally until the tracks are being taken away for mastering. because I really want the sound to spread. Things might well have turned out different. The album was basically finished a year ago. Some of it has me playing crazy distorted guitar. 03. Little Boots ‘Remedy (Rusko’s Big Trainers Remix)’ Proving that Rusko could do melodic as well as mental. Rusko ‘Da Cali Anthem’ This 2Pac-sampling synthsplosion is the first dubstep track to gain a foothold on US radio. this 2007 mix acted as an introduction to dubstep for many. reggae horns and good old-fashioned swearing (“Fack!”). So I switched.” he says. however. and you’ve got the 19-year-old who double-drops a couple of pills and goes out raving to Rusko. Rusko feat Crookers ‘Oy’ One of the high points of ‘OMG!’. “and a couple of tracks I did with Switch. this collabo with Italian hip-housers Crookers is gleefully synthetic. “There’s a track by Blaqstarr. and we recently collaborated again on the A-Team movie soundtrack.” Rusko’s high-impact. he maintains that dubstep is a church broad enough for all. to make the album as not-what-you’d-expect as possible. Gracious under fire. it can be very experimental — it’s not the sort of music you’d think would ever be as popular as piano-and-cheesy-vocal house.rosco_feature. In dubstep. I was living a couple of streets away from Caspa. the rest of the album I produced myself. My music’s not deep or anything.” So what can we expect from this slightly unlikely pairing? “We just went overboard — it’s super experimental. I like to make tracks Monday to Wednesday. ‘Hey. in any genre. But I’m one of those terrible people who’ll change and change stuff until the last possible second.” he continues. And the type of dubstep I play. When you put an MIA album into your CD player. the sound of MIA’s baby’s heartbeat. I think it’s a really cool thing that dubstep has developed so much. had he stuck with his teenage dreams of reggae stardom. ‘Rusko. Switch and Diplo are the main men at Mad Decent. since then: he’s relocated to sunny LA. It’s pretty ‘intrusive’ music. “No way. you’ve got the 40-year-old guy who comes home and smokes a joint to a Kode 9 album. “There’s always going to be a split amongst listeners. “and the first question is usually. but never that it’d become as big as it is right now. Then I heard dubstep and I was like. his cheery-rave-kid demeanour drops and he comes over all far-away and awestruck. “I played the first-ever dubstep show in Tennessee. loopy and dangerous about raving. but you’ve got to be in it to win it. Various ‘fabriclive37’ Co-hosted with Caspa. 05. I mean. that you can have that split. Rusko’s come a long way. but he’s already graduated into dance music’s big leagues.sk Rusko if he ever imagined dubstep would grow into the worldconquering force that it has. A potent distillation of everything that’s fun. you want to hear shit you never heard before. We worked together a lot when we were in London. “There’s a huge sound-system scene up north.indd 90 6/5/10 12:38:31 . this is the same thing!’ I mean. please explain to all of America what dubstep is.. just briefly. more than anything. here we are!” Like dubstep itself. but until then. “A couple of the tracks have been around in DJ sets for a year or so. so we started DJing and producing together. 04. “Yeah.” And he’s rigorously immersive in his research. but with a completely different tracklisting! “I made sure that every track was tested on real. “but a lot of them I’ve purposely held back for when the album comes out. and been inducted into the peerlessly cool Mad Decent crew — his brand of gleefully gonzoid tuneage dovetails perfectly with theirs. It’s not like there’s any beef or hate there. and. It’s just four years since the release of his first twelve. y’ know? You can’t DJ to people on drugs unless you’ve taken a lot of drugs. dubstep can be very aggressive. arcade-machine funk. what with people like Iration Steppas. “It’s really cool to be able to be the first person to play a dubstep show in a certain area.” Rusko’s debut album — entitled ‘OMG!’ and featuring his squished face billowing fag-smoke on the cover — may not result in him cracking that lucrative High impact If ‘OMG!’ is about to cement Rusko’s position in the worldwide underground. it’s just personal taste.” he brims. the raver kids — because that’s me. “Obviously. both figuratively and literally. chin-stroking Hyperdub fanboy. began working harder and harder..” he remembers. I’m out here trying to help dubstep blow up to even crazier levels!” Rusko’s album ‘OMG!’ is released 7th June on Mad Decent Feverishly anticipated 090 DJ486. “It was the local reggae scene in Leeds that first got me into dubstep. “I moved down to London in 2006. Never. of which Rusko is the executive producer. I think it’s healthy. it’s perfect for the crowds that Mad Decent events draw. 02. the sound of ice cracking in glasses… “The basic idea was to freak people out and surprise them. he’s enjoying his position as dubstep’s unofficial ambassador to the US. live ravers. having been play-listed by major hip-hop station Power 106. and in so many directions. Rusko has enjoyed a breathlessly swift and steep rise.

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Just the start of what’s to come from the We Fear Silence crew. Right now. Dalston disco dens and warehouse shindigs all rocking to the best names in the business week in. BACKSTAGE & UNDER THE FENCE CLUB REPORTING! Malta Music Week with Creamfields and Ministry Of Sound Loud and proud We Fear Silence take over Saturday night programming at South London’s Cable venue WHAT a difference a year makes. all of which extend their ties with the We Fear Silence crew.Burning Up p. For us Cable fills a middle ground. the deeper d&b alliance of Fabio & LTJ Bukem’s Swerve and Creative Source. taste-making electro label Modular and grime/bass music dons Dirty Canvas are teaming up with Ninja Tune’s sub-label Big Dada to bring Jammer.” explains We Fear Silence co-founder Ajay Jayaram. And the capital’s ongoing nocturnal resurgence has got a further shot in the arm with the news that the We Fear Silence crew — the brainchild of former End programming team Ajay Jayaram and Ryan Ashmore — have completely taken over the Saturday night program at Bermondsey venue Cable. This month — Friction The parties setting trends and smashing up cities Around The World p. The End and Turnmills.com 13/5/10 15:00:46 . the already excellent sound system has been reconfigured and now sounds even more insane. London is on fire when it comes to quality clubbing with underground hotboxes.094 Inner City p. though. Cable’s 800-capacity archway space will now play host to a diverse roster of quality.indd 92 www. Redlight and Mumdance on Saturday 3rd July. that intimate vibe people are crying out for — not just punters but promoters. 092 DJ486.” Large enough to feel like you’re having a big club experience but small enough to mean you won’t lose your friends. Ben Watt’s Buzzin’ Fly and Goldie’s Metalheadz. cross-genre parties each and every week.100 ACCESS ALL AREAS FRONTLINE. “We cut our teeth programming a really diverse spread of music at a club that was open to everything and anything so that’s always going to be the angle we come at things from. “New lighting rigs have been installed. It’s about people that are pushing the envelope and doing good things… regardless of genre. eh? It wasn’t all that long ago when DJs.AAA1.djmag. Toddla T.096 Getting inside Edinburgh’s vibrant clubbing movement Flashback p. “For us it’s always been about good music. week out. clubbers and London clubland at large were lamenting the lost glories and gaping holes left by the quick-fire departures of venues like The Cross.” says Ryan Ashmore. the promotions already signed up include Paul Arnold’s ever-innovative Chew The Fat!. In terms of new signings. Long seen as the perfect mid-sized venue to fill the gap left by The End amongst discerning London clubbing heads (including Ryan and Ajay themselves). The Key.” adds Ajay. while compilation kings Balance will host the Agoria album launch on Saturday 17th July with the French techno king himself.098 The clubs that changed dance music forever more.” “We’ve worked all hours since moving operations to Cable to ensure we deliver on absolutely every level.

In traditional Cocoon style. Jack Beats. clearly. And to top it all off. while Modular bring German deep disco-loving don Tensnake (live).com Mr Scruff Potentially the start of a shining new era for the venue. wefearsilence. Martelo.djmag. Joker. Matt and his Big Band take to the stage to perform an abstract collection of sounds taken from various club environments celebrating the temporal idea of a load of randomers coming together each week to get mashed.com IMPRESSIVE MATTER Matthew Herbert Ben Watt PARK LIFE SVEN VÄTH and his legendary Cocoon collective return.50 advance and £25 on the door.com Ramadanman Redlight IF YOU LIKE CONCEPTUAL LIVE SHOWS in awesome venues then lo and behold! Head down to matter on Wednesday 9th June to catch incredible sound architect Matthew Herbert and his Big Band project. Big tings a’gwan. Jakwob. Diplo will be joined by rowdy dubstepper Rusko. a full lighting display.com 13/5/10 15:01:10 . the second installment of his One Trilogy. facebook.indd 93 www.blogspot. FFI the-plug. Instra:Mental. before Diplo’s Mad Decent bass feast on 29th May. The Swiss (live) and a DJ set from Norwegian electro-pop honey Annie. Sheffield’s Shuffle seem to have upped the ante with their May programme. matterlondon. Audio-Plus are providing a custom-built PA as part of their Funktion One setup. post-dubstep and alt-techno.AAA1. Fresh from the recording of ‘One Club’. this time to the beautiful Leeds countryside for the second of their open-air Cocoon In The Park festivals on Saturday 10th June. From their humble beginnings in the function room above a pub to hosting parties of over 1000 people. Plastician. dBridge. Loco Dice and Adam Shelton. We Fear Silence’s Cable revolution will kick off a double-header weekend from Friday 4th July when FACT magazine will champion a killer line-up of future bass.com/cocoonInThePark Sven Väth ABSOLUTEL UNREAL Y ROCKING IT most Saturday nights at Plug. bass music eccentric Mumdance and NYC’s slick-haired bass music superstar Drop The Lime. This Thursday June 17th sees Dub-boro’s 10th and final party at Loughborough’s student epicentre with their biggest line-up to date including Zinc. the show also features dancers.Tensnake NEWS NUGGETS DUB BE GOOD FOR THE PAST TWO YEARS Dub-boro has provided a series of sick. dub-boro. Beginning on Saturday 1st May with recent DJmag coverstar Eric Prydz. bass-heavy events to fill the lonely void that is the Loughborough music scene. pyrotechnics and live VJing along with many other extras on top of last year’s event all taking place on 600 acres of Leeds’ 16th Century Temple Newsam estate. The band will be joined by Eska who is fronting the Goldsmiths Vocal Ensemble and returns after the massive success of their collaboration at the Barbican last year. the rest of the month sees breaks badboys the Stanton Warriors touch down on Saturday 8th May. you can expect all the big names including Ricardo Villalobos. All because they can. Ramadanman and Transit Mafia. each event is held in secret locations announced on the same day and entrance is on advance ticket-only basis. Part of the Mad Decent tour that is doing the rounds right now. Ovum Records boss and all-round legend Josh Wink arrive on Saturday 15th May. The event starts at 7pm and tickets are £18.com 093 DJ486. Alongside Sven.

podomatic.com. same-old and desire to focus on underground up and coming bookings. “We’re just starting to get our schedule together.” DATES Sun 6th Jun: Wet Yourself @ Fabric. Motor City Drum Ensemble. stop-outs. Or at least it was until Mr Cormac.” explains Cormac. Jacob Husley and Cormac Sun 13th Jun: Wet Yourself @ Fabric.Marc Vedo’s homecoming ACCESS Pics: BMATTHEW BRINDLE AAA ALL AREAS BuBuing Up rnrnin up Clubs setting trends and smashing up cities… GET TO KNOW NEWCASTLE ● Seven mates who met on Newcastle’s clubbing scene. Jacob’s 60-year-old Dad who was busting out some moves to his son’s set to celebrate his birthday. The calendar’s weekly reminder that we’re all slave to the same nine to five drudgery as just about every other fucker on the planet. ● As well as their annual Ibiza escapades and more unit parties. deep house and electro. Or their own kitchen. London Marc Houle. With a roll-call that counts Phil Kieran. Jaunt was born out of a boredom with the same-old. ● Jaunt’s most recent renegade parties have been their clandestine. “But there didn’t seem to be a party on Sunday might that borrowed from all those elements — at least not on a musical level. Since beginning at the intimate Red Rooms in November 2007. industrial unit parties with secretsundaze’s Giles Smith playing the first and Hot Natured’s Lee Foss the second. Peter Pixzel and Jacob Husley ripped up the rave timetable and stepped out into London’s club scene with their Wet Yourself parties back in March 2007. Damian Schwartz and PBR Streetgang. it just felt right. Wet Yourself are now extending their music aims through their own label. Milton Jackson Anil Chawla. Martinez. Within well under a year. Giles Smith WET YOURSELF LONDON WHERE? Weekly Sunday nights at Fabric. “But we kept in contact and a year later when they asked us. Just reading those two words is usually enough to send shudders of post-weekend blues chilling down your spine. All the other good Sunday parties focused on either the dressing up. London Saytek (live). Jaunt’s rollcall includes Solomun. as well as constant tours across Europe.” “We’re holding a boat party at Sonar with Miss Kittin. with music from ourselves and artists like Alex Under.indd 94 www. to be specific. The Hacker.” First taking up residence at East London’s Aquarium. “We’re planning on having a full release every month. Mr Oizo. Oxia and Italoboyz. Everyone there is really passionate about what they do and it’s been a real challenge to create something different in that club — it’s been a great move. M-nus don Gaiser. London Peter Pixzel. being independent and doing our own thing. Peter Pixzel. Antony Di Francesco and more tbc ● If you want to sample the soundtrack of Jaunt’s renegade techno and underground house sessions without making it all the way to Newcastle then subscribe to their regular podcast through iTunes or jaunt. Mr Cormac & Jacob Husley felt there was a gap for one that was really strongly led by music.” explains Jacob. as well as residents like Richard Rowell and Blackhall and Bookless.AAA_2. They’re also making moves to take over East London so watch this space. techno hedonists. the Jaunt boys have taken matters into their own hands. Rex The Dog. “Then we’ve got a gig in Berlin on 3rd July and are hosting a tent alongside Trailertrash at Lovebox festival which we’re really excited about. ● With a pretty minimal (as in ‘non-existent’ rather than the music policy) after-hours scene in Newcastle. Louis Guilhem and more tbc Sun 27th Jun: Wet Yourself @ Fabric. “The thing was we could see that there was a real scene with so many strong elements going on in London. London Cristiano Pixeldot. SOUND? Eurocentric techno. or the silliness or the fashion-kind of thing… we really loved all of those but we Peter Pixel. So much so that it didn’t take long before London’s temple of cutting-edge underground sound came knocking on Wet Yourself’s door for a Sunday residency. fashionistas and just about anyone else who doesn’t have to get up on Monday — “although we do get our fair share of people who just go straight to work for eight after staying up till six. Marcel Dettman and Sasha Funke amongst its high grade bookings and a dedicated weekly crowd. Past contributors include Dorian Pac. it didn’t take Wet Yourself long to make a name as a musically clued hotspot with bookings like Miss Kittin. S unday night.” jokes Peter — including. bar workers. Wet Yourself’s dusk-til- dawn Sunday sessions have been reliably packed out with art students. now pay tomorrow. on one occasion. Jacob Husley and Cormac Sun 20th Jun: Wet Yourself @ Fabric. Alex Kid and Pig & Dan all contributing to the label.djmag.” explains Mr Cormac. Sunday night is essentially a big fat full-stop on all the weekend’s clubbing-related hedonism — you played yesterday.” Launching at the Farringdon megaclub last February. Milton Jackson. making it the location of many impromptu DJ sets from the likes of Sascha Dive and Chris Tietjen.1. On both occasions.” adds Cormac. “Fabric actually first asked us to move a year before we did as we were happy where we were.com 13/5/10 11:24:24 . Martinez and a special guest for 200 people. Wet Yourself was firmly established as the definitive Sunday session for anyone in London looking for a work-dodging hit of underground electro or tastemaking techno. the Jaunt boys will also be bringing Circo Loco to Newcastle towards the tail-end of the summer. Burnski and Kruse & Nürnberg. buses picked the Jaunt rave massive up from the city centre. Rui Da Silva. 094 DJ486. drove them to the out-of-town unit with the gates locked upon entry and staying closed right till the end.

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electro.” ‘Where He Leads Me’ Truth Is Light 08. we can’t finish up without tipping a mention to weekly indie electro session THIS IS MUSIC which brings a mixture of achingly cool live electro acts and eclectic DJ talents (Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs have played in the past) to Sneaky Pete’s every single Friday night. Recently celebrating their third birthday at the Bongo Club with El-b and Planet Mu’s Neil Landstrumm. soulful sounds and broken beats with past guests including Benji B. BIG ‘N’ BASHY live up to their name with a rambunctious sub-smashing assault of jungle. Quarterly house/techno/ minimal night KAPITAL have had the likes of Ellen Allien.com/bignbashydub myspace. Sugarbeat Club. Monthly night DEPARTURE LOUNGE covers global music.com GETTING THERE ON YOUR ED(INBURGH) The Scottish capital’s club scene might not boast the heritage or buzz of its Glaswegian counterpart. It runs from 11pm till 3am and is just £3 ins.com departurelounge.uk thecabaretvoltaire. TRACEY THORN GARETH SOMMERVILLE Ultragroove residents top 10 ‘Why Does The Wind’ Buzzin’ Fly “Tracey Thorn + Morgan Geist = dancefloor perfection. Another small venue that should be on your radar if you’re heading to Edinburgh is The Caves.” ‘Crystal Republic’ HHYR Records 06. Finally. Baobinga and I. so promoters and venues will speak to each other on an honest level and it’s a far tighter community in the clubbing scene.com/az_tech_breaks myspace. On the last Friday of the month. the next of which takes place on Saturday 5th June from 11pm to 3am.” 10. d&b and more at their SUGARBEAT CLUB residency which has hosted the likes of Krafty Kuts. bass-heavy and brooding. John Tokyoblu & Termite ESSENTIAL PARTIES: Ultragroove. TRUTH IS LIGHT “Gospel that even Richard Dawkins would find hard to resist. If you feel an irrational need to slum it then National Express coaches run from London.co. a forum for disco. Defcon1. It’s all about greater communication. techno. Jazzttronik and Patrick Forge. Pier Bucci.2. 99 Hanover Street is a swish bohemian oasis of fine beverages and quality grub.” 07. But perhaps dubstep’s biggest proponent here is VOLUME. MATTHIAS HEILBRONN & JOESKI ‘LA MUSIKA’ Pata De Perro “Afro Cuban house with hot percussion and an acid twist. bass music. Swapping grime for glam. out-there live performers and extrovert art. CITY SOUNDS: House. Jesse Rose and Switch. ultra-modern and slick hotel experience that’ll set you back around £570 a night for a double room.D.com/kapitalclub myspace. AZ-TECH deliver names like Far Too Loud. Not for the faint hearted. Then there’s Gareth Sommerville’s deep house bastion ULTRAGROOVE which takes place on fortnightly Saturdays and has welcomed names like Ben Watt.com ultragroove.com WHERE TO STAY “E dinburgh’s club scene doesn’t suffer from the fierce competitiveness as many other major cities. Anja Schneider. populating the club’s calendar. with beds available from as little as £10 a night at places like the cosy Royal Mile Backpackers (105 High Street). reggae and dubstep. On the other hand.com thetrainline.com nationalexpress.AAA_2.com royalmilebackpackers. BING JI LING ‘Sunshine Love’ Monk “Ray Mang’s beaten dub is a cert for club play when the sun goes down. soul and a smidge of house. Sourcing a more mechanistic and raucous breed of breakbeat funk. deeper techno and all forms of house.” 05. Blap! The Bongo Club itself is another solid forum for underground beats. Zero dB. Benga and Caspa. Entry is free all night too. Todd Terje.me. Another long-running local legend is MUSIKA who also host regular nights at Cabaret Voltaire (Joris Voorn played in March). CLARO INTELECTO ‘Back In The Day’ Modern Love “A straight up club banger that kills it every time. while the monthly XPLICIT parties streamlines the bass filth to drum & bass purism — Klute touches down on Friday 1st June. hotelmissoni.” Dedicated to alternative music seven nights a week. BEN DEAN “The choice cut from a great EP.Marc Vedo’s homecoming ACCESS AAA ALL AREAS Inner City UK hotspots explored. dubstep. and most major cities. Cabaret Voltaire oozes underground charm and consistently brings the big boys to its intimate basement dwelling with nights like bi-monthly banging techno session KOMPAKT. breaks and drum & bass INFO KEY DJS: Gareth Sommerville. On monthly second Saturdays. showmefun. easyjet. although you might need to wait till autumn for your next fix from them as they bow out for their annual summer break with Flat Out’s Peo De Pitte on Friday 28th May.” 03. Nathan Fake. promotions manager of Edinburgh venue Cabaret Voltaire.com/thisismusicedinburgh ‘Rachel’ Ovum “Kink’s take on the classic Chicago sound that really pays off when the strings drop. Like just about every other corner of the country. Justice and Felix Da Housecat over the years. as well as other venues across town.djmag. KARNIVAL and Edniburgh’s longest running Friday night TOKYOBLU. Alex Smoke and James Holden to play..uk PRE-PARTIES SOUNDS 01. dubstep and its associated bass mutations has blown huge ruptures here with the sporadic INNUENDUB bringing names like Bar 9 and Emalkay to ‘the Cab’ in recent months.indd 96 www. Muzika. SPIELTAPE ‘I Deal’ Artizan Music “Linear tech-house that’s perfect for those head down moments.. TEVO HOWARD “Old school sounding acid assault form the ever consistent Tevo Howard. A lot of the dog-eat-dog attitude has stopped and we’ve joined forces to help the underground scene thrive. they’ve given Edinburgh debuts to Skream.uk myspace. This Is Music & Volume If you’re travelling from London then by far the most sensible and cost-effective way of getting up there is by plane with return flights from London Gatwick available from as low as £42 from easyJet. Near Edinburgh’s train station and the hottest new watering hole in the city centre.com 11/5/10 15:39:55 . Jimpster. jackin’ Chicago housin’ party Caspa at Volume TELEFUNKEN. “There’s a limited number of underground venues now. sleazy electro. for as low as £10 if you book in advance. FLOATING POINTS ‘Shark’s Chase’ Eglo “Off kilter. a warm. KINK WEBSITES confusionissex. Milton Jackson. Derek Martin. On weekend nights expect a raucous party-starting atmosphere and a soundtrack of hip-hop. They also hold a bi-monthly residency at the intimate Sneaky Pete’s venue.” believes Sarah David.” 09.co. the regular CONFUSION IS SEX parties are all about trash disco. Claude VonStroke. but it boasts a raft of killer underground parties The latest luxury hotel in the capital is Hotel Missoni (1 George IV Bridge). rave legends Utah Saints mash down party sounds from bass.” 096 DJ486. Edinburgh’s Royal Mile is plentiful with budget hotels and hostels.” 04.” ‘Standard Model’ Baker Street 02.

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Tom Middleton. When I set up my own graphic design consultancy in 2005. then in 2006 Lawrence Bannon.” remembers Rennie Pilgrem. Friction’s sound was synonymous with totally futuristic machine funk that cut loose from so much of the era’s staid.com 17/5/10 17:52:49 . Rennie Pilgrim place to push a deeper. I had been running my TCR label and there were pockets of other people thinking on similar lines. Encompassing house.” TIMELESS MOMENT: A queue right down to Piccadilly Circus and total delirium indoors when Carl Cox played an exclusive breakbeat set for Friction — dropping Outlander’s rave-stabbing Belgian techno beast ‘The Vamp’ and then going back-to-back on four decks with Adam Freeland.Marc Vedo’s homecoming ACCESS AAA ALL AREAS Flashback The clubs that changed dance music forever… FRICTION Bar Rumba 1996 . Bar Rumba’s Fricton wasn’t the first. Botchit & Scarper’s Blim. We were one of only four clubs on the island of Ireland to make the poll and we ranked higher than any other Belfast club. the club owner. Dibby Dougherty.” What’s the hardest thing about running a weekly promotion? “Packing out a club every week is the biggest challenge every promoter in the country faces right now.” In that way. Friction fast represented the cream of a rapidly snowballing breaks scene — think Finger Lickin’ Records. but really we were stitching different things together before it had fully-formed. Freq Nasty. one third of the three-headed Friction DJ unit alongside TCR’s Rennie Pilgrem and Adam Freeland. Joining our existing residents Scope. BELFAST) What was the original inspiration behind Yello? “We wanted to throw a weekly party that would attract a mixed gay and straight. Together. while Adam Freeland was the buzz name of the moment thanks to his ground-breaking ‘Coastal Breaks’ mix. Yello was born. electro and disco. “We were only hyping it up as the centre of this new movement to get people to come but in the end it became a sort of self-fulfilling prophecy. whose TCR label had stuck with the raw funk power of a house-tempo breakbeat when ‘arkdore had a silly-fast tempo tantrum. techno. cybernetic breakbeat antidote to big beat’s cartoony lager-spilling riot— in fact. Mark Knight and Dubfire. So nascent.. they formed a pretty unbeatable resident trio and.djmag. DEFINITIVE TRACKS: * Tsunami One ‘Number 43 With Steamed Rice’ * Semi Detached ‘Who Da Fuck’ * Blim ‘Chronologic’ DRIVING FORCES The promoters behind the dancefloors open-minded crowd but with a future facing music policy. It really felt like the centre of something special. “You could almost count the people making the sound with your hands. I just designed various promotional flyers for the club. Fuel Records’s Tipper. drum & bass heads like Fabio. Paul Arnold had booked all three of the Friction three for his early Chew The Fat! parties.” laughs Tayo. aka Timmy Stewart and John McIver. Before Yello existed Belfast’s club scene was quite segregated in terms of gay and straight clubs so we’ve tried to change that. Friction started as a blank creative canvas. fluffy house and came delivered with widescreen Y3k production values.” What’s next for Yello? “We have also just added two prolific Belfast DJs to our residents roster —The Jet Project. 098 DJ486. A far cry from the tainted word breakbeat has since become.1999 DJS: Tayo. Leftfield’s Paul Daley and Carl Cox playing proper breakbeat sets.” Christened the home of ‘nu skool breaks’ by the dance music world at large. The key has been to keep our line-ups fresh.” Most memorable moment as a promoter? “Making into DJmag’s Top 100 clubs this year was a real thrill. along with a shrewd booking policy. that there weren’t even enough ‘nu skool breaks’ records to fill the night at first when they set it up with promoter Ian Williams. Tayo would be dropping slowed down deebee bangers like DJ Red’s gnarly bass boomerang ‘Enter Da Dragon’ on 33rpm alongside the Florida electro-breaks sound of DJ Icey et al and the choicest. we vary our music style from week to week with guests like Will Saul. in fact. pre-cartoony cuts from Skint Records. while Rennie had been running his Mashed sessions of alternative electro and breaks in Central London since 1995 — but it fast snowballed into a buzz-centred phenomenon that placed it as the central touchpoint for this nascent scene.” AARON EAKIN YELLO (MYNT CLUB. A hip-hop kid who got sucked into drum & bass and wasn’t turned on by house.” recalls Tayo. Danny McMillan and Freq Nasty. Mynt were one of my first clients. an instinctive testing ground for a brand new funk. “There were the US people like DJ Icey and Uberzone. “Sasha would come down to check it out. Rennie was an old skool rave legend (as Rhythm Section with Ellis Dee). Adam Freeland and Rennie Pilgrem hen we started putting ‘Nu Skool Break Beat and Future Electro’ on our fliers it wasn’t meant as a genre name. At first. “It was more just a way of differentiating our sound from the big beat stuff and to show that we were pushing things in a more futuristic direction — a bit of a press angle for hype.AAA_3. Timmy and John will hold an exclusive monthly residency at Yello.. or only. Roni Size and DJ Die would get down to see what was going on and we’d even have people like Andrew Weatherall.indd 98 www.” How did you get into it all? “I started designing club flyers and working with various promoters in Belfast when I was at art college. I think Hybrid used to say in interviews that their first album was part-inspired by coming to Friction — they’d drive up from Wales and then get straight back in the studio. John Craig and Aaron Shim. Ben Watt. Tom Middleton “W Si Begg. asked me if I’d help him to start a new polysexual club night.

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The MTV-sponsored closing concert Isle Of MTV will close the week on Wednesday 30th June at the dramatic Il’Fosos Square in Floriana. Malta Is For Clubbers’.Around The World AAA ACCESS ALL AREAS Joining the disco dots across the planet On the radar Malta Music Week puts the sun-baked Mediterranean island on the global clubbing map hidden gem that remains an unknown entity to many.com 100 DJ486.com 14/5/10 16:25:37 . while a third arena will be filled with the deep. “In the past three or four years things have really been growing. It’s very locals-based so there’s a really strong community and clubbers are really up for it — it’s like the North of England in that sense. an amazing diving scene and drink will only cost you a few euros. Wonderland’s Pete Tong and David Squillace complete the line-up. “It definitely isn’t. the man behind last summer’s melodic techno anthem ‘Lamur’. Nic Fanciulli. In the fourth arena.” “We have 8. Taking place on Monday 28th June between 6pm and 4am. Creamfields forms the second rave of the week at the Ta’ Qali National Park and three adjoining areas at the island’s other open-air clubbing haunt — Numero Uno. clearly referring to The Independent’s infamous article ‘Move Over Grandma. “For those who come from overseas.000 people coming to the event which actually makes up 2% of the population — it shows just how much demand there is for these events. But there’s plenty room for more underground names too.AAA_4.info / creammalta.” he adds. you can have those two or three full-on parties. headlines the progressive arena alongside German production veteran Johannes Heil. Between us and Creamfields just about everyone has been covered. the hugely hyped live trance act Dash Berlin continue the world tour for their ‘The New Daylight’ LP. but the scene is definitely growing. “There was some controversy over winter because there were certain media reports saying Malta is the next Ibiza. Bedrock’s Guy J. Ferry Corsten’s big room trance sound and Dubfire’s minimal missives. the open-air main arena will be headlined by electro-pop crossover sensation Calvin Harris and Toolroom Records’ tech-house titan Mark Knight. also believes a corner has been turned for the Maltese market. lush house sounds of Frenchman Okain who has had releases on labels like Tsuba. we have Faithless coming over this summer.” explains Nicholas Spiteri from Clubbers Events who put on the Ministry Of Sound festival. the small Mediterranean island of Malta lets out a clarion call to clubbers with Malta Music Week. Camp disco revivalists The Scissor Sisters and r&b megastar Kelis headline with more acts promised. Ellen Allien’s Bpitch Control and Paul Ritch’s Quartz Music.com / freshevents.” isleofmtv. the deep tech vibes of Eric Prydz. “In the beginning it used to be a struggle to convince top acts to come to Malta.djmag.com / clubbersevent. part of the Fresh Events crew who promote Creamfields. but then you can chill out properly and discover the island for the rest of your week. Malta Music Week will host two of the biggest dance music events the island has ever seen with the Ministry Of Sound festival and the annual Creamfields Malta. A six-day programme that begins on 26th June. While admitting the authorities still aren’t the most accommodating. All the big DJs from Sasha and Digweed to Sven Väth have now played. Gerry Debono.” explains Gerry. There are lots of really beautiful beaches. but now people realise that there’s a really strong scene here.indd 100 www.” Malta’s Ministry Of Sound festival is the first to make its mark on Malta Music Week on Saturday 26th June — housed in A Malta’s largest and longest running open-air club Gianpula. Represented across the bill are the classic uncompromising techno of Dave Clarke. Perhaps sign of the island’s more mainstream tastes. We had Prodigy over recently. a huge amount of history and places to see.

The canvas-covered dance arenas mean that no matter what the weather. Zombie Nation and the Wighnomy Brothers down the years. to the Chemical Brothers but it is the progressive sound and Global Underground bandwagon that have produced the most famous PERHAPS the most European-like place in South America. Ashley Beedle.go on. Anthony Pappa and Dave Seaman are now part of dance music folklore here. The music rolls for almost 24 hours each day and the urban art theme extends to visual displays. Optimo and Prosumer all among the guests. this temple has seen them all from Derrick Carter to M. thanks in no small part to a crisp sound-system and slick production capabilities. As are Carl Cox. Sounds good.at Roni Size . Nick Warren.A. Luciano. Seth Troxler and Ben Klock in the past 12 months alone. The idea is to showcase a broad range of honest. authentic talent and create a relaxed atmosphere where like-minded folk can come together to unwind. The likes of Sasha. Luciano. David Guetta is a pretty big deal right now. as diverse as Goldie. SUNDAY SESSIONS BROOKLYN YARD in New York is where the outdoor chill-down is at this summer thanks to the Sunday Best afternoon parties. Beginning on 30th May and running through to 5th September.com PASSPORT CONTROL Argentina’s sprawling capital — Buenos Aires — is rife with quality electronic music world clubbing. the show must . Juan Maclean and Layo & Bushwacka! have all starred. With a capacity of over 2000. dBridge & Instra:mental. Carl Craig… and you can catch all of them at the massive fuck-off Austrian festival that is Urban Art Forms. which tales place between Thursday 3rd June and Sunday 6th June in the forested Wiesen area of Austria. It’s also a d&b lovers dream thanks to the Dogs On Acid Stage which hosts Roni Size & Dynamite. In fact. Niceto (5510 Niceto Vega) has earned its stripes to be ranked amongst the most respected clubs in all South America. Located in Palermo — the heart of Buenos Aires’ nightlife — since 1998. A staging post for anyone who thinks they can cut it as a musician in Argentina and an evergreen and interesting program of events. hear some quality tunes and still go to work the next day. Friction. Sven Väth. Crobar (Marcelino Freyre) is anything but the little brother of the famous clubs with the same name in Chicago. offering forward-thinking house and techno sounds across a multi-level venue. which is an institution of sessions. Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin bringing you the best al fresco jams under glowing vintage fairy lights.N. uaf-festival.com 101 14/5/10 16:25:49 DJ486.indd 101 . New York and Miami. each week brings a different flavour with Dam Funk. since opening in 2005. Digitalism. Always a much more full-on affair than the Pacha name would indicate. Armand Van Helden.URBAN ART FORMS AS YOU MAY HAVE HEARD. Digweed. Floating Points. Logistics. In the past year Sven Väth. Away from the main action.AAA_4. techno and drum & bass and Levitar Ambient Bar (1715 Godoy Cruz).D. The event is brought to you by resident DJs Doug Singer. Nowhere is more legendary than Pacha BA (Avenida Rafael Obligado y Pampa) and its long-running event Clubland. And that’s no word of a lie.and Ashley Beedle will continuously . light shows and mind-blowing effects for a complete AV art experience. it has become ‘the’ place to play for the big international artists. a small bar regularly featuring the best young and local house or techno DJs. the best of which are Bahrein (345 Lavalle) for trance. read Marcel Dettmann. Tiefschwarz. Robert Hood. sundaybestnyc. The two room club has had guests from across the dance spectrum. DJ Fresh and Ed Rush & Optical. Boys Noize.Y.djmag. Linkwood. Todd Edwards. Michael Mayer. Buenos Aires boasts a club scene that is as buzzing as any city on the continent — aided by the vigorous party spirit of the locals. The calibre of guests tell you everything you need to know about how serious this place is about its music. munch on Mexican food and dance it all off again while listening to your favourite DJs. In contrast to Pacha’s size and renown. with Hernan Cattaneo as principal orchestrator. GREGO O’ HALLORAN Crobar www. Sip cocktails. It runs from 3pm to 9pm each Sunday. the tiny Cocoliche (878 Rivadavia) is the underground don in town. there is a plethora of good music to be found in smaller parties and venues.

10pm . New Wakefield St.indd 102 www. Taking the same forward-looking. In the second room. Pinch. LONDON.com 10/5/10 12:43:44 . TECTONIC Friday 11th June FABRIC. Fracture & Neptune. genre-smashing ethic that has propelled their Plan B parties to the forefront of the capital’s clubbing cutting-edge. One for the heads. TOGETHER Friday 25th June The Coronet.6am £14/£11/£6 after 3am fabriclondon.6am £10 justjack. EC2A PINCH’S Tectonic take over the main room tonight. I AM DIXON Friday 25th June Sound Control. classic two-step and old school garage revivalists Days Like That are in control with Dem 2. Manchester. and also one of Fabric’s deeper Friday night sessions all-round. Youngsta. 10pm . Tom Rio. St Phillips. October and Dan Wild also play. all night long.. In the third room. or Innervisions boss Dixon as you probably best know him. Jamie Jones.org tomorrow’s techno shape shifters. make sure it’s to one of these.AAA ACCESS ALL AREAS The Essential 10 If you only go out once this month. BS2 Friday 4th June STEP aside old timers. which means dubby electronica of the highest order with Pinch. Bristol.co. Skream. while the mighty Autonomic crew of dBridge and Instra:mental continue their trailblazing fabric residency with Bullion and Flight in support. Kryptic Minds and Pursuit Grooves (live). the Deadly Rhythm crew have recruited LA’s synth-funk revivalist Dam Funk. SE1 CLOSING Together’s 16-date. Jones forms one half of Hot Natured with the second of tonight’s headliners Lee Foss.4am £14 adv iam-dj. Bristolian wonky producer Joker. Rustie. Hyperdub’s Kode 9. recent DJmag coverstar Redlight. the 1. JUST JACK PRESENTS REBEL RAVE Motion. Dixon is sure to take you on a journey tonight. one venue. while the third Deniz Kurtel will be instantly recognisable for providing one of the many highlights on Seth Troxler’s recent ‘Boogybytes’ compilation through his hypnotic remix of Rosina’s ‘Fables & Fairytales’. And there’s not many better placed to man up and man the decks for a night’s entire intoxicating duration than Steffen Berkhann. almost entirely sold out season at The Coronet is tonight’s bass-heavy throwdown — curated by South London’s Deadly Rhythm crew.AAA.Top_10. dubstep godfather Hatcha and MJ Cole to join the dots between bass badness new and old. 4. impeccable skills. Zero T host the album launch for their ‘fabriclive 52’ comp with Wookie (exclusive UK garage set).com 102 DJ486. 3. Noodles (Groove Chronicles) and DEA Project’s Para headlining. beatific Glaswegian beatsmith Hudson Mohawke. tonight’s Just Jack is all about 10pm . CHARTERHOUSE ST.uk 10pm . M1 LIKE all the best things in life. Avon St. Wellschooled tastes. an encyclopaedic knowledge of all things house and over 15-years of experience in preaching that love to the deep house masses. Ed Rush and Alix Perez. of course.djmag. New Kent Rd.com premise behind ‘I Am’ is pretty simple.. 2. Kuedo (Jamie Vex’d’s new alter-ego).6am £10 adv together-club. should need no introduction following last year’s groundbreaking ‘Don’t You Remember The Future’ LP and its unavoidably massive single ‘Summertime’. London. One DJ.

EC2A TO support the release of his recent ‘DJ-Kicks’ compilation. experimental and gritty techno sounds. Techno innovator Joey 9. Voorn is consistently lauded as one of the most cutting-edge artists in the scene and will tonight be joined by Dutch tech-house titan 2000 And One and French tech don Deetron in the booming Box. Fresh from mixing down a genre-splicing ‘fabric’ compilation. Cardiff. CODE Club 69. Paisley.com www. Yep. melodic and totally innovative house shapes (that’s Justin Martin if you haven’t worked it out).djmag.co. CF10 DON’T sleep on this one.com THE weird. intimate home of Club 69. voodoo rhythm sorcerer Shackleton and boogie-step master Floating Points would surely be reason enough to secure our attendance. Blurring the boundaries between house and techno. which is why props are definitely going out to the Code crew in the Scottish town of Paisley. who has become something of a staple stalwart of the BC parties ever since he made the AKA bar at Border Community’s End (RIP) parties his own. SATURDAY SESSIONS Ministry of Sound. The all killer no filler approach continues into 103 (formerly the bar) where Will Saul and Motor City Drum Ensemble will be holding court. SE1 Saturday 26th June 7. So that’s a rare-as-rocking-horse-shit chance to catch the New York legend behind such classics as the definitive demonic acid groove ‘Energy Flash’ and the original hoover-tastic rave anthem ‘Mentasm’ — quite possibly two of our favourite techno tracks. fiercely underground environment. WIGFLEX Friday 4th June Stealth. 11pm . wonky figurehead Alex Nut and Martin Kemp and you’re really cooking on gas. 11pm . DIRTYBIRD 5TH ANNIVERSARY Audio. Pulling out the stops to bring the biggest guests to their humble. Joining Holden will be Border Community’s acid house obsessive Avus and one Kieran Hebden aka Four Tet. Surgeon will be dealing in the most intense.com 103 10/5/10 12:43:57 DJ486. Undertone Basement.3am £10 adv twitter. SUPACELL Saturday 5th June 10pm . DJ-KICKS PARTY Friday 11th June Village Underground.Top_10. they’ve tonight recruited one man who is arguably the UK’s most consistently cutting-edge techno ambassador — Surgeon. but his label co-founder.5am £13 adv magicandmedicine.7am £15 adv ministryofsound. The big bird Claude (left) himself won’t be featuring. Sneddon St. Also on the bill is J Phlip who has been dropping some serious bombs on Dirtybird of late. the man behind such classics as ‘The Sad Piano and ‘Ghetto Train’ and all-round badman when it comes to tough.4am £12 adv supacell@hotmail. BN2 Friday 25th June JORIS Voorn presents the first in what Ministry and the London clubbing community at large will be hoping becomes a very long-running series at the legendary superclub. Deadboy. 150-capacity basement of a ravebox with his rampaging grooves. 11pm . NG1 SHEEEET YO! Talk about nailing a line-up. Brighton. will be headlining which is good enough for us. Masonic Place. Marine Parade.com/codeglasgow 10pm . wonky and wonderful sounds of Claude Von Stroke’s Dirtybird label land on Brighton’s Audio tonight.AAA. Holywell Lane. London. the ubiquitously innovative Mount Kimbie. the Wigflex bwoys have come up with an excruciatingly 6.uk on-point and diverse selection of future beat dreamers for tonight’s Stealth skank-out. just 150-capacity. London. Church St. IT ain’t easy when you’re the only top quality techno night toughing it out in your hometown. ever — and more recent missives on Adam Beyer’s Drumcode and Marco Bailey’s MB Elektronics in a totally intimate. 10pm . Whack in James Blake.indd 103 . Nottingham. Border Community’s tousle-haired eccentric James Holden will be curating his own special night at the intimate Village Underground — home of the recent hush-hush secretsundaze launch.com 10.com 8. PA3 Saturday 19th June Beltram is journeying over to Cardiff to thunder this tiny.4am £5 b4 midnight audiobrighton.5.6am £8 adv stealthattack. Gaunt Street. like. Croydon’s Joy Orbison. including the absolutely rude and aptly titled ‘Dropping Bombz On Yer Momz’.

” she explains.” It’s an attitude that’s served her well since moving to London from Glasgow two years ago. H20 has established itself as South Africa’s biggest daytime party. so Yasmin embodies the confidence and chameleon qualities of a new breed more likely to be found downloading tunes and promoting their nights on Twitter than spending their days in record shops and their nights flyering in the rain. with a sea of gym-ripped bodies dancing in the muddy puddles beneath the palm trees and cheering enthusiastically every time a plane flies over on its descent to the airport.djmag. That’s what I get from it anyway — the confidence to say ‘This is who I am’. And when it comes to looking ‘Beyond Borders’. the fact that Yasmin has managed to break into the maledominated hip-hop scene on her own terms speaks for itself. deep house and fidget house. After all.com 30/4/10 14:15:56 . grime and drum & bass in her new home. Running for ten years. hasn’t helped. You’ve got people like Chipmunk taking it into the charts now.” Raised on a diet of American hip-hop and r&b during her teens. sportswear sponsorship contracts and even her ambitions to start singing on the productions she’s currently working on. one of the few events to have stayed afloat in the South African dance scene’s choppy waters. Indeed. DJmag’s first impressions of Johannesburg are very much of a city scrubbing itself up before the influx of visitors for the World Cup. A brief unseasonable but torrential downpour has turned much of the site into something between Glastonbury and Ibiza. as support DJ to American r&b superstars like N*E*R*D and Eve.indd 104 www. F rom the huge inflatable footballs suspended in the airport to the cranes Wild Waters glinting on the skyline. Although Yasmin acknowledges a healthy respect for hip-hop history she’s far from beholden to it or the traditional segregated roles of DJ. but at the waterpark-housed H20 party the biggest danger is getting your shoes soaked.. so I’ve never been starstruck by celebrities or impressed by money. South Africa might have a reputation as one of the world’s more crime-ridden countries.AAA_dj yasmin_start. given that the main stage is dedicated to progressive house. with another three arenas for funky house. this stage is nothing compared to the size of some of the places Yasmin has played recently. a situation South Africa’s economic turmoil. but she’s also picked up more than a tinge of dubstep. Johannesb urg ALL AREAS Pics: FRANK VAN GRÉUNÉN A walk on the wild side British hip-hop vixen Yasmin has been turning heads with her street savvy DJ sound — we watch her blow some more at South Africa’s H20 Party. “There are a lot of stereotypes you have to break down in this industry. the only outpost for anything other than four-to-thefloor is the hip-hop stage Yasmin will be headlining. Her sets strike a clear-headed balance between the crowd-pleasing commercial anthems she spins to stadium crowds and the more underground sounds she plays at her own monthly London night Bad Intentions. One of whom is London hip-hop DJ Yasmin Shahmir. with many of the moneyed classes who can actually afford to go clubbing leaving the country. ‘What would you know about hip-hop?’ or ‘Can you even mix?’ But the beauty of hip-hop is that ‘I don’t give a fuck’ attitude it has. sheer distance means that it’s sometimes difficult to get the big name international DJs over. “I’ve always been a realist.Marc Vedo’s homecoming ACCESS AAA Wild Waters. those influences still inflect Yasmin’s sets as much as gentle Scottish tones still do her accent. “I want to be a creator as much as a player. guest spots on stations like BBC Radio 1Xtra. but the country’s musical preferences are easier to see. As promoter Dave Forbes explains. “You still get hip-hop purists who say. it was pure self-belief that landed her on-stage supporting N*E*R*D at their 2009 London Roundhouse gig after ‘phoning the promoters to ask if they needed a DJ. As a result. But we have this whole alternative scene with dubstep and grime that we do really well. Getting her first gigs in the VIP rooms of West End clubs. “Hip-hop is a mainstream genre in America so it’s had a lot of money behind it. the vast majority of the bill is comprised of South African DJs like Roger Goode and Ricardo Da Costa who are huge names here if practically unknown anywhere else. as well as artists like JME keeping the underground strong with pure street music.. which isn’t the case in Britain. “I’ve definitely become more influenced by UK sounds. who promptly whisked her away on a whirlwind tour of Europe and the Middle East. Not that the 21 year-old DJ is remotely fazed by the prospect of being the UK’s hip-hop representative at such a house-heavy event. A&R and artist. producer. talking excitedly about her plans to compile a mixtape of up-andcoming British talent. I want to inspire people but I also think that I’ve got a duty to pass knowledge on because a lot of older DJs taught me things that you just can’t get off the internet.” she claims. fashion. catching the ears of Eve’s manager. The number of South African names might make the bill pretty opaque to outsiders.” 104 DJ485. film-making — and because the industry isn’t so black-and-white now we can prove that we’re talented in more than one thing. “I’m just into real talent and real music and my priority is always just to play the best set I can.” Yasmin states.” she admits.” Now that British urban music can conquer the US with Taio Cruz as much as devastate the clubs with grimy basslines. “A lot of my generation are real entrepreneurs so we work in different areas — music. with a smattering of international DJs H20 have invited over as part of this year’s ‘Beyond Borders’ concept.

but I still really want to give the UK a good reputation abroad. There’s plenty that lots of other DJs could learn from Yasmin’s set tonight.” she ponders. Even the most cynical hip-hop purist would be impressed. Beginning with Dizzee Rascal’s ‘Fix Up Look Sharp’ and featuring tried-andtested standards from Busta Rhymes.” If only we could guarantee the same thing about the football team who’ll be following in her footsteps. Music has no boundaries so it’s not about distinguishing things as being American or British or whatever. and it’s always interesting to see how people react to different things in different parts of the world.” Twin B (Radio 1Xtra DJ and one of Yasmin’s biggest champions) “One of the most genuine people in the industry. He is on another level musically and I really think he is going to make his mark on British pop culture.” Dubai really goes for UK funky. When you’re a hip-hop DJ you tend to analyse other DJs when you go out and he’s just unbelievably inspiring every time. But it isn’t necessarily in the way they expected for.DJ Yasmin BEST OF BRITISH DJ Yasmin’s props to the UK’s leading lights Mr Thing (former Scratch Pervert and turntablist idol) “His sets are just amazing.djmag. “It was a good gig.com 105 30/4/10 14:16:00 DJ485.AAA_dj yasmin_start. a fantastic ear for talent and a huge supporter of UK music. as befits a woman who is as big a fan of A-Trak as she is Jazzy Jeff. I love going to these countries and then reporting back home so other people can bring some of that UK flavour over next time.” Labrinth (producer of Tinie Tempah’s number one single ‘Pass Out’) “The guy is a genius. the crowd in front of the stage swelling with people much more interested in partying than trainspotting and who are so vocal in their approval that they refuse to let Yasmin leave for half an hour after her allotted slot. Yasmin is certainly adept at giving the crowd what they want. “They loved a lot of electronic tribal stuff here. and when I was touring with Eve you find out that Romania loves reggae for example. PAUL CLARKE www.indd 105 . Yasmin also throws in some pounding tribal house and electro under acapellas from Craig David or Soul II Soul’s ‘Back To Life’. not that there’s any of them here. or DJ Cable (DMC Champion and guest at Bad Intentions) “Cable really plays across genres. so he can play you the sickest ‘90s hip-hop set followed by a grime set and it’s always fantastic and perfectly mixed. Snoop Dogg and Outkast.

the dance music equivalent to being spotted by Man United’s talent scouts and being given a shot on the youth team. and it becomes that serene experience. too. “Before I started DJing.. it was like ‘oh my god! I’ve got to get the plane!’. a series which the pair are apparently somewhat obsessed with). half the pretence of setting up his laptop and various midi controllers. dubstep break. sure. where Zabiela is playing at Tripod. responsible for bringing over anyone who’s anyone in the world of dance music since the early-’90s. driving tech house or coarse electro through the occasional head-spinning. Excession. however.djmag. By his third track.com 11/5/10 16:08:37 .. and the mighty Michael Mayer and Ivan Smagghe at The Underground. of course.indd 106 www. is a good one. It’s a solitary existence. Doctor Who or episodes of Inspector Morse (an addiction he was introduced to. a businessman obsessed with collecting air miles. Dublin is rapt. but I just wanted to stay at home and go out on my skateboard. “You can just live in the headphones. “My parents went away to Spain once or twice.” Until. by We Love. 106 DJ486. but mostly because it’s probably a bit embarrassing. from Berliners Magda and Sebo K at The Button Factory. He usually uses them to fly his girlfriend or his mates out to whichever corner of the globe he might find himself in on any given weekend. he jokes about George Clooney’s character in Up In The Air.AAA_james_zabelia_start. he was spotted by Sasha. one of Zabiela’s first gigs was warming up for Sasha in Cream’s Courtyard room).” he says. Airports (and. Impressed. you feel like you’re a vessel. all very stressful. access to exclusive airport lounges. or Modeselektor’s Tripod: Dublin We arrive in cosmopolitan Dublin. The Tripod promoter has long been a pivotal figure in the Irish scene. Zabiela achieved every young DJ’s dream. Once you’re in that bubble. But now. he topples those sub-genres like dominoes. and the air miles began tumbling in. the initially bashful Zabiela is bouncing around behind the console like a nutter. Irel and ALL AREAS Pics: DAN REID The Green party We tag James Zabiela from Dublin to Belfast to get an insight into a weekend in the life of the travelling DJ J ames Zabiela is the one with the surfer’s hair-do sitting on the tower of black plastic flight cases outside Dublin airport. somewhat incongruously. but it’s pretty chilling. But come 1am when Zabiela takes the controls. and when they spot his distinctive floppy locks. hiding behind the booth for a bit. Veering from throbbing. For the following two hours. He ducks down. He was signed to Sasha’s agency. an understated epic. I’d never even got on a plane or been to a different country. a crowd surges from nowhere. He has no idea how many air miles he has amassed. You can almost switch off. Oslo. that’s potentially an issue. but he knows it’s quite a lot. hotel rooms) are almost like a second home. Space promoters Darren Hughes and Mark Broadbent. In the cab into town. watching EastEnders. which provide comfort when he’s away — seeking out a Starbucks. that is. but by anyone’s standards. of familiarity. ‘where’s my luggage?!’. there are raucous cheers and chants of his name. It’s something he can relate to. Zabiela faces stiff competition.Marc Vedo’s homecoming ACCESS AAA Tripod & Stiff Kitten. When I first started travelling. I didn’t even have a passport until I was 19. “It’s nicer to be on my own sometimes. and generally has a tale to prove it. One minute it’s something clicky and weird from Extrawelt or a breakbeat from Ellen Allien and Apparat. ‘when’s my connection?!’ and ‘have I got my passport?!’. After handing over a mixtape to Lee Burridge at Bedrock. airline privilege cards. who are all in town on the same night. the next it can be Christian Smith’s towering new mix of Carl Craig’s ‘At Les’.” It’s the little bits of home. He knows everyone. borderline epic breakdown to the odd tough. the strange. Burridge gave Sasha the tape.” he says. as a guest of its gregarious promoter Donal McCarthy. which he listened to on a drive up to Liverpool for a gig at Cream (remarkably. timeless serenity of travelling alone in that weird hinterland paved with moving walkways and populated with smiling cabin crew. Dublin’s scene is vibrant. I just go into auto-pilot. His favourite is Singapore.

With every street. Here he talks about being the ‘weirdo with the microphone’. because you might miss something. I was walking and there were these scantily dressed girls offering massages. Getting moments like that make it worth it.. delays and cut-up loops. he can go and see his new friends in the Pioneer laboratories. a powerful. self-effacing Zabiela is a blur of scratching. Perhaps it’s best not to try. and slot straight into the CDJs. gutsy Funktion One system) run by those behind Shine. ‘Life’. switching between his laptop. At the end of the mix you can hear me being harassed by some guy in the street in Peru.com 107 11/5/10 16:08:50 DJ486. three Fenian men executed in the 1860s for the murder of a policeman. ready to transfer to an SD card. There’s stuff as unglamourous as leaving my creaky front door in Southampton. and sorting their sets in Pioneer’s Rekordbox software. “He was walking around with his eyes on stalks. there are UDA paintings of paramilitaries holding Kalashnikovs. also on Sasha’s Excession agency. quite seedy and dark. the entire gable end of the building emblazoned with a mural of hunger striker Bobby Sands. Though it’s something purists might lament. He’s a blur. and it really worked. BEN ARNOLD mix of ‘Prototypes’ by Headhunter. We pass the Sinn Fein offices. makes it no easier to fathom. He’s travelling with Tom Budden. giggling. Minutes away. he sets about constructing his set up on the fly – the laptop. the effects units – then once more within minutes. Zabiela plays at the Stiff Kitten that night. Confounding. As anyone who’s seen Zabiela play will tell you. founder of the Loyalist Sandy Row. it would be absurd to imagine him using anything as archaic as vinyl. the mad scientists who make it happen. Watching Zabiela slamming track after track into www. He even took one of the middle-aged technicians to Space last summer. Conceivably. part of Renaissance’s Masters series. The murals are almost like attractions now.” burgeoning ALiVE label and Zabiela’s regular warm-up. an audio diary of my life. There’s all these live percussionists in the street. as well as satisfying his love of sci-fi (“it’s like walking around in Blade Runner”).A ‘LIFE’ THROUGH SOUND Zabiela’s recent masterful mix album. when it was founded by techno luminary Alan Simms. and I even timed some of the percussion to the mix. adding atmospheric interludes from his travels into the mix. in fact. the bashful. shouting at me ‘What’s that? What are you doing?!’” each other. those flight cases that follow him around the world containing a pair of CDJ-2000s. it’s virtually impossible to know just quite what he’s doing at any given time. takes us down the Shankill Road. Having eschewed a soundcheck earlier in the day. we tour the city. Zabiela watching episodes of Breaking Bad. The scars run deep. They’ll be after me for their PRS. Like when I was in Peru. our driver. things are starting to get out of hand. the first time in about six years. It’s jammed as Tom Budden flips off selections from Rob Mello and Alan Fitzpatrick. When we arrive.djmag. with taxis full of tourists snapping pictures. where houses and pubs are covered with Loyalist murals. Around the Falls Road. we see where the Republicans painted pictures of Che Guevara standing alongside murals screaming support for Palestine. the midi-controllers. You can’t skip through it. was punctuated with his own field recordings. his effects unit and the CD turntables. because you have to record everything. It’s time consuming. perfectly formed venue (with a crisp. I just took it everywhere.. wearing balaclavas. both could pitch up to their gigs with an inch-square of plastic and play for hours on end. having seen the spectacle twice in as many nights. and walking through the snow.AAA_james_zabelia_start. so you have to listen to it all until you hear something interesting. the unit he helped Pioneer to develop. Belfast’s dance music Mecca since the mid ‘90s. and then a police car went past with the sirens at exactly the same time. “It’s to have a memoir. so by the time Zabiela arrives (once more to a roaring. rapturous reception). informing you that you are entering Stiff Kitten: Belfast The next day.” says Zabiela. all the way to San Telmo market in Buenos Aires. One reason Zabiela loves going to Tokyo so much is that.indd 107 . and a lot of it is just ambient noise. Paul. Zabiela emerges and we drive up the M1 to Belfast. They sit in the back glued to their Macbooks. and for the repatriation of the bodies of the Manchester Martyrs. arresting reminder. It’s an intimate. Far better to sit back and enjoy it. allegiances shift and change. Finishing the night with Siopis’ moody vocal anthem ‘Really Love Ya’ sends the crowd into orbit. “I think it blew his mind. dubstep pitched right down to lock into his solid groove. but they still resound.

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it’s a force to be reckoned with right now. Untold and his imprint Hemlock Recordings are in the thick of a take-over showcase of busting talent. ass-shaking cumbia and bottom-heavy bass monsters is always worth checking out for something with a tropical tinge. techno. the evening represents the eclectic. Appleblim. Expect big things with Scuba. A rare London departure from his usual nest of Fabric.djmag. a weighty Funktion One soundsystem.com 109 30/4/10 15:07:47 DJ486. Future garage. it’s natural to see him presenting a wide-ranging set that definitely waves his grimy roots goodbye. a vivacious and daring blend that involves everything from Casper Clarke. JOE GAMP BRIXTON CALLING ! 3 OTHER ESSENTIAL REACHES ISA GT’S MUSICALIA @ THE DOGSTAR Hosted at the most eccentric.aaa. he smashes out his usual eclectic mix of Plastician’s ‘Cha’. funky and other bass-driven cultures on the last Friday of the month. appreciative love-in. Claude destroys the floor with his ever-surprising selection as the room bursts at the seams. the Dirty Bird overlord cuts through in thick swabs of 4/4 beats. In a hyper-charged society that bleeds once sectioned-off styles of music into a bassy. Untold and Mumdance all repping Scratcha B rixton is a melting pot. is the fact that they’ve got some of London’s top upcoming promoters on board. house and wonky dubstep — kicking off proceedings was the strained rave tinges of resident P45. and in their rawest form.indd 109 . George Fitzgerald. heads are eager to see this modern electronic legend perform on their doorstep. headliner and tech-house legend Claude Von Stroke comes forward to drain heads for a two-hour workout. South London is back and it’s ready for your return. www. and everything in between. fast-paced community with an ever-growing musical history. continuing history of the UK’s incestuous underground music cultures. Brixton Pics: KEVIN LAKE Deep South Brixton’s resurgent Plan B gets down to bass badness of all forms with Claude Von Stroke.planb. they’ll have to get some more night buses servicing the route. And tonight’s Hyp! Hyp! Hyp! certainly fit into that category with a line-up of genremerging bass talents that includes bumpy house king Claude Von Stroke. bubbling venues such as Plan B. thriving club scene — not really what you expect when you hop off the zone three tube in deepest. but taking the focus away from the East and delivering the sonic-punch back into the area is the re-emergence of cool. some chatting about journeys home) are eager and pack room one out nicely to the enveloping tones. a heady mix of garage. darkest South-London. Shut for an eternity for change of ownership — and pretty much everything else — the new Plan B has come up fighting since its relaunch last autumn. DEADL RYTHYM @ PLAN B Y Deadly Rhythm gels and melds together the very best in techno. and all for a banging twelve bucks. Martyn. Hyp! Hyp! Hyp! have taken this idea and ran with it — clearly evident by the line-up staring us in the face. dubstep. Kyle Hall and everything they could fit in between. a warehouse space designed by hipster Kate Moross and a natty 24-hour licence. the Hyp! boys retain quality control as Mumdance rolls out some spectrumspanning bangers. The crowd (some local. Scratcha. though. Bringing down the temperature in room one to a lower degree is Hyperdub’s funky newbie and Rinse FM brekkie show host Scratcha with his flamboyant and intelligent flavours. Most Claude Von Stroke impressively. After smashing up so many raves this year with off-kilter tune ‘Ganja’. warming sub bass. A bustling. After sampling some delights from UK funky supremo Julio Bashmore. all plying Zomby. funky don Scratcha and bass badboy Mumdance to name just three. With the consistently cutting-edge line-ups. If this is what Brixton has to offer from now on. nuttiest boozer in South London on the first Friday of the month. The Fridge may have finally had its doors nailed up. In the dark basement lair of the freshly made-over room two. Alex Nut and Moodyman all lined up to play TOTALL TROPICAL @ THE Y REST IS NOISE Formerly The Goose hang out. Clearly. Giving the bowel-loosening rig an ample workout. Even during the graveyard shift. James Blake and Fantastic Mr Fox. to Zombie Disco Squad’s remix of Drop the Lime’s ‘Set Me Free’ and Agent X’s ‘Decoy’. grime.Marc Vedo’s homecoming ACCESS AAA ALL AREAS Plan B. The Rest Is Noise ply their signature night Totally Tropical. And with more underground cream yet to step to the plate. it is once again home to a burgeoning. to Rattus Rattus and Klose One every single Friday. Although missing some MC action (usually hyping his sets by about a 1000%). sub low murmurings and digi-dub experimentalism come from Hyperdub youngster LV. Isa GT’s blend of global booty rhythms.

“There’s a huge boom of sudden interest in the music we’re pushing. The night climaxes on a couple of hours of heavy. He might have his detractors. reggae. comprehensively cross-genre line-up literally jumping off the page (or screen) at us.” explains Danny on their future plans. with a tight mix of jump-around treats and further bass-busting tracks. TC. King’s ‘Stand By Me’ — yes. Everyone’s further emboldened as Rich drops The Prodigy’s ‘Breathe’ and then teases with Ben E. the slow. Massive line-up plus packed dancefloor of hedonistic loons equals a killer rave. which is bringing a slightly alternative. Electric Elephant and Papaya — which illustrates how much respect is levelled at promoters Danny. We are looking at starting a music management and artist’s agency in the not too distant future as well as a limited edition clothing label. and the drive of all concerned is refreshing to see. above the ripping basslines. DAMO JONES 5 PLAYDUB FACTS •Two of the band members from Reverend & The Makers came to PlayDUB in November after their gig in Liverpool. dubstep.” It’s ambitious stuff but any new night to the city is always welcome.” explains PlayDUB’s PR man Danny Vortex. It’s barely gone midnight and literally everyone is at it — including some of the fluro-bib-wearing security — as Rich Reason pounds out some truly earwarping and gut-twisting dubstep. if not years. Congo Natty. both Play nights have been truncated from two into Nation’s Courtyard as one. “We have so mans plans and ideas and this is only the start. 110 DJ486. that’s right. garage. to come. there are lots of promotions really pushing the envelope with their programming. “We hope to see PlayDUB established in Liverpool with a strong community-based fanbase along with branching out into a few cities and holding a tour. Liverpool’s PlayDUB crew have clearly got the equation absolutely nailed if the scenes for their first birthday at Nation are anything to go by.Marc Vedo’s homecoming ACCESS AAA ALL AREAS Nation. But when it comes to the crunch. There’s also large kudos in the fact that tonight’s PlayDUB forms part of the Outlook launch — one of many festivals taking place on the Croatian Adriatic this summer including The Garden Festival.indd 110 www. •Plans for the PlayDUB UK tour are fully in motion with Manchester. but equally DJmag doesn’t see anyone complaining for the early crowd are bouncing and hopping around as though this could be the very last days of debauched partying. Kuz and co. but Kissy remains a scene stealer and tonight is no different. Liverpool Pics: BEN THAPA Plastician One Nation under one groove With a killer cross-genre line-up of bass-heavy treats. •The PlayDUB creators are starting a record label. however.djmag. Liverpool’s PlayDUB crew celebrate their first birthday at Nation n this current flux of genre-mashing creativity. Boasting a line-up that includes MJ Cole. Tomb Crew and Tenor Fly included). these boys are sure to be pushing the envelope for many months. success can be measured in simple dancefloor mathematics. which will be called Light Plane Records. Leeds and many more in the not so distant future. •The first instalment of PlayDUB’s birthday was supposed to take place at Liverpool’s Korova but the original venue got burnt down two days before the event. “Tonight we’ve also launched our sister MC Dubkutta I night PlayCLASH. It’s definitely a tough start for sensitive ears. Indeed. It’s a big room to fill yet there’s a steady stream entering the hallowed old venue as Plastician is followed by headliner Kissy Sell Out. And with the PlayDUB crew partying with such vigour. dub. has gone totally to plan with Iceland’s violently spewing aerial contribution sending a cloud of powdered glass which not only paralysed flights but sent panicked shockwaves over UK clubs and their promoters. If the crowd were horses they could be eating right out of his hands. Here’s a man who has built his reputation on energy and creativity and offers volcano-loads of both. cinematic version — finally augmenting it with a fearsome pounder towards the end of his set which ups the ante even further. Yet the stalwart young promoters of PlayDUB have embraced a show-must-go-on ethos with gusto.aaa_playdub. drum & bass and jungle. too. hectic drum & bass with both ragga junglist legends Congo Natty and nu skool don TC putting in solid turns. •PlayDUB held an official True Tiger Records Party in November last year. right now barely a day goes by without some ingeniously sourced. mash-up edge to club nights in Liverpool and what better time for the launch than PlayDUB’s first birthday party?” Not everything. Foamo. So taking into account the flights chaos and the fact that many marooned acts haven’t been able to honour their booking tonight (A1 Bassline. Plastician and many more tonight.com 12/5/10 13:00:07 .

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140 www.djmag.136 KILLERS The cutting-edge releases you need in your life this month p.music_intro.HANG ON TO YOUR BASS BINS! THE BEST NEW MUSIC IS RIGHT HERE MUSIC Phonique’s deep house masterpiece ‘Kissing Strangers’ is our album of the issue Kiss kiss.114 IN THE BAG! Style Of Eye takes us through his essential beats of the moment p.117 SINGLES Our expert reviews team run through the hottest upfront releases p.com DJ486. bang bang p.118 CHAMPION BURNS Scottish trailblazer Burns lives up to the hype with his ‘European Sex Music’ compilation p.indd 113 113 11/5/10 15:38:45 .

with lush keys colliding with metallic layers. Simmer for over six minutes. The excellent ‘Fresh Air’. featuring grimester Riko — what begins as an old skool jungle roller drops and morphs into a broken up warehouse acid bleeper. sprinkle in an ultra-chopped Zero B remix. alarm bell ringing.com/basicsoulunit ID ‘Mustang EP’ Sub Slayers myspace. Stegosaurus step. What a gift TEED’s name is! All jokes aside. so scape. monies and groove.” www. Originality and quality are my main priority. “My I release only the best that influences are definitely house people and my friends send to and Detroit.” says Ripperton. Dappled in the machine-engineered synthetic sunshine of the Motor City. Emblematic. The bleepy electropop of ‘Garden’ is sweet. a Menace to Sobriety mix packed with evil synths.killers. pitchy surge through funky darkness. and a delicious. Words cannot do justice to what. and bubbling bass.com 114 DJ486. alongside frequent studio partner Baobinga. and empty into a soundsystem. of the way that breaks and bass music has come to co-exist extremely successfully. that sees the hardcore hero shred rave keys like a hyperactive sushi chef. any raver with a pulse will dig this. adding tasty electro-tech keys.REVIEWS KILLERS THE CUTTING-EDGE RELEASES YOU NEED IN YOUR LIFE Myagi & The Root Sellers feat Norma Maguire ‘Simmer’ Westway Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs Greco-Roman ‘All In Two Sixty Dancehalls EP’ Take huge clomping drum breaks.me. too. perspectiv-records. wubbing bass. or how good this strange and beautiful hybrid is. The essential track is ‘Blood Pressure’. Greco Roman’s newest acquisitions really have birthed a monster that will have you writhing in TRexstasy.djmag. the title cut is a broken up. on the basis of this phenomenal new EP on that paragon of depth. The breakbeat title cut on this wicked EP for Jay Cunning’s label uses classic skull-snappin’ beats and wobbly low-end to deliver a pirate radio pumping. For extra flavour. ID is also a shithot producer. meanwhile. city demolishing concrete killer. Room With A View. guest raps and a sweet femme vox.com 17/5/10 12:30:30 . percussive electrofunk mix from Marzetti. Pure kinetic energy. rolls in a dub-wise fashion with double-timed claps and an old skool jungle-style bassline that mows your head. but ‘Blood Pressure’ is the one. I really need har. Watch the devastation ensue as this breaks beast surges over the crowd like a digital tsunami. I can try the tracks on “It’s a wide electronic landthe crowd every weekend. As I’m playing out really What does it sound like? often.indd 114 VITAL LABEL Who’s behind it? Swiss DJ/producer Ripperton. The other three tracks are equally good. Tasty. Brilliant work. steamroller style. Brontosaurus beat.com/subslayers The likes of Kyle Hall and Floating Points are orienteering a brave new path for soul-soaked techno and house. Basic Soul Unit Room With A View ‘Midnight Ridim EP’ myspace. Time to add Toronto’s Stuart Li — known for releases on Clone and Dolly — to that list.

Many will latch onto ‘Skyward Bound’ with its absolutely gorgeous. DJ Koze.com/utahjazz Two cuts from drum & bass cat Kabuki’s forthcoming album get radical remix treatments. Hilaire’s roots voice.REVIEWS KILLERS THE CUTTING-EDGE RELEASES YOU NEED IN YOUR LIFE Kabuki ‘Just Hold On/Generation X (Remixes)’ V Recordings myspace.com/paulwoolford Various Left’d ‘Left’d 02’ myspace. and I buzz making interactions between young and established producers like Isolée. meanwhile. It’s like in my DJ sets.killers. Paul Woolford ‘Bloodline EP’ Intimacy myspace. St Plomb. just wicked house built to rock floors — and headphones. Jackmate and October. Not big. Crowdpleaser. ‘Take No More’. which takes its cues from jungle’s past but adds new ideas to the potent pudding.indd 115 . smashing Amen break choppage — the perfect blend of liquid atmospheres and devastating beats. and crashing. Behling & Simpson recently. 2000 & One. Both demand your attention immediately. not clever. all accompanied by that essential deebee drum clatter. and adding Detroit bleeps and his immaculate production skills to ‘Let It Go’. which works MPC punching snips of Jenna G’s vox and adds gorgeous tech soul chords to a cool 4/4 beat — an exercise in submarine perfection.” What’s next? “The next Perspectiv is my new song called ‘1976’ which has been amazingly remixed by Sebo K. But others will favour the flip. And making something as unbelievable as ‘Let It Go’ is doubly jaw-dropping. Both prove positive that Woolford just keeps getting better and better. Dachshund. Quarion. Entlet. I’ll release a new EP from St Plomb and it will be remixed by the fabulous Jackmate/Soulphiction. he’s fashioned one of the undoubted biggest tunes of the year so far. By taking acknowledged inspiration from the raw release and physical. and Greg Paulus gives us the stabbing organ and dusky technoid atmospheres of ‘The Sender’. body-moving rhythms of producers like Untold and Ramadanman. I also really like working with fresh new talents like Blagger. clapping rhythms and psychedelic house grooves ‘n’ whispered vox of the funky as fuck ‘Midnight All Day’. ‘Bloodline’ itself. Tobias. and will drop jaws of those who loved Skream’s ‘Burning Up’. Jonny White. Chaton and David Durango.com 115 17/5/10 12:30:33 DJ486.djmag. ’70s jazz funk samples. heavy kicks and echoey samples of Murk tribute ‘Baby’. Textbook killer! Could Utah Jazz be the most underrated d&b producer out there? The evidence certainly suggests it. going from house to techno and downtempo. with its emotive piano riff reminiscent of Sébastian Tellier’s ‘La Ritournelle’ and aching bluesy tones. Very cool showcase of new artists on Leftroom’s subsidiary imprint. The most surprising is Innervisions deep house dude Marcus Worgull’s version of ‘Just Hold On’. Jacksonville contributes the crisp. Van Hai. Who releases on it? “I try to release 50% of Swiss artists like Masaya. ” www. Waifs & Strays add the Chicago house update of ‘3am’. Mark August. Four tracks of varying styles. In the near future.” Who’s playing it? “I think all kinds of DJs play Perspectiv tracks. Agnès. disorienting and directing the feet. Particularly with this unbelievable preview EP of his forthcoming album. is a techno cut built on squelches that move through your ears and brain.com/leftroomrecords Something we couldn’t have predicted is Paul Woolford making bass music. as I’m trying to release different kinds of music on every release. releasing a neo dub jungle missive that uses bits of Paul St. Rising deebee don Eveson tackles the flip with perfect composure. Quenum. John Johr brings the reverbed snares.com/iamkabuki Utah Jazz ‘Vintage Album Sampler’ Vintage Recordings myspace.

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but it still sounds like him. but it’s one of those tunes that’s pushing things forward and doing things that are fresh. He’s a genius. that’s just how it comes out!” Teki Latex ’Dinosaurs With Guns’ Sound Pelligrino Justin Martin ’Robot Romance’ Dirtybird Brodinski ’Arnold Classics (Tony Senghore Staggering Daggering Remix)’ Grizzly “It’s produced by Noob.” “He always delivers huge productions. I can almost smell the barbecue in Golden Gate Park [San Francisco] on a Sunday when we used to have those Dirtybird parties. via his own powderkeg remixes of Deepgroove and Kid Sister.com DJ486. it’s a great building track. He’s found a really fresh style. I’m very happy to hear Boys Noize try something different.. STYLE OF EYE Bassline’s heavy 4/4 garage beats. “Otherwise I just get bored. the acerbic.GUEST REVIEWS In the bag. I don’t aim to be crazy.” renowned London club’s new cooler diffusion mix series.” admits Linus. “If I close my eyes and listen to this. “For us.” Jan Driver ’Tellyfoam’ Boys Noize Siriusmo ’High Together’ Monkeytown “I could have picked any of the things Tony’s done recently. Here are his latest tried-and-tested floor batterers… Running the gamut from KiNK’s neo acid house to A1 “It’s my restlessness. “I really wanted to show where my heart is at the moment. taking his melodies into this year and doing it really well. ‘Ministry Of Sound Club Presents Style Of Eye’.” www. they’re so well put together.” Linus notes on the musical motivation behind the mix.indd 117 117 5/5/10 10:57:10 . I think this could be like the next ‘Techno Vocals’. or Style Of Eye. acid-doused. it’s designed to drive electro addicts bananas. and what I learnt from him is that it’s all about finding the ideas that will take things further and push the boundaries. and this is one to look out for. The kind of quirky vocals are what’s pushing it forward. I think it’s going to grow slowly before people really start to recognise it. Tony Senghore has never been away. and it’s very energetic. and cutting fresh tracks for such taste-making stables as Classic. sees Linus deliver a seditious selection for the ing. Gonzalez is one of the few producers who can translate a huge dance track into a piano track without losing any of the energy.djmag. cantankerous electro of Linus Eklow. but yet it’s still just the piano.” Boys Noize & Erol Alkan ’Waves (Gonzalez Rework)’ Boys Noize “For me. Hopefully there’s something that connects the dots between the productions. it’s just a really happy track! I haven’t played it in my sets. He’s got a really original sound. It’s how he takes his sound into Boys Noize territory. that M-nus tune that was really big.” “His new EP on Dirtybird really blows the speakers for me! This is his first solo material for what seems like too long now. it’s definitely one of my favourite labels. the music that I respect and that I play. Thought that Swedish music was all Abba and dodgy big room house? Well. “I wanted to do a party compilation rather than something for home listenHis new double mix CD. is the antidote to all that. Kicking out a combustible combo of roughneck ghetto house. and it takes me back to when I was a little kid on my skateboard.. He brought me into the dance community. he’s made a name for igniting discotechs across the map. His tracks always stand out. but I think it’s really interesting how he’s transformed over the years. and for me it’s got that classic sound to it. but he hasn’t released anything for a really long time. Sometimes I open my sets with this. I could have picked any of the tracks off this EP. proper techno and bass boomin’ beats. It’s hard to explain. Sort of a pre-party listen. and the club always goes nuts when I play it. Dirtybird and Tiny Sticks that cast genre considerations to the wind and instead concentrate on rocking the party.” “This feels really fresh. This track has a disco feel to it.in_the_bag. I always need to do something that feels fresh to me. he’s one of my favourites at the moment. “It’s all about the crazy story.. a summery vibe.

0 Romanthony was something of a fixture back in the ‘90s thanks to a string of weird. If you don’t at least nod your head to this you can’t be alive. ‘Helter Skelter’ is actually annoyingly infectious. one word vocal and Heller’s trademark intricate percussion. A long.com 17/5/10 17:56:09 . Eddie Thoneick & Erick Morillo feat Shena Nothing Better Subliminal Records 7. but good fun while it lasts. 7.indd 118 www. el Indio y el Robot’ is a sort of ‘La Mezcla’ without the hooks and though it has its charms. Murk-ish underground grooves. still big ‘Big Love’. atmospheric keys and bouncy beats.5 Subliminal has made something of a speciality of knocking out big. epic vocal records characterised by tranceinspired grandeur floating over a resolutely house base. but right on the money for Ibiza. ‘Be 2 Nite’ shows both sides of his erratic talent. ‘El Ladron De Mails’ keeps to a similar 7. here doing things so heinous to Steve Edwards even his own mum would have a hard job recognising him. and back to before. and then we’re into a little Fela Kuti-style guitar riff. rambling intro meanders for minutes before you realise it’s no intro. Francisco Allendes & Marcelo Rosselot Catrianca EP Cadenza Lab Pete Heller Overtime Buzzin’ Fly 7. they come neither quickly nor easily. But that was a decade ago and in the intervening years his output has been sporadic and rather deeper. Lazy like a summer night.djmag. this is one of those rare grooves that grabs you from the off thanks to a simple but irresistible commanding rhythm built around a basic. it’s the track. think somewhere in the region of Tom Novy’s ‘Your Body’ and Outwork’s ‘Electro’. wonderful and decidedly maverick releases on Azuli and his own label Black Male. hurried vocal.0 Taken from Kenji’s ‘Street King Volume 1’ mix comp. Chris Perez & Louie Gorba feat Ms Patty RU Feeling Me (Alex Kenji Mix) King St The Shapeshifters Helter Skelter Defected 8. thanks to a catchy stabbed bleepy key hook along with which Edwards delivers a staccato. Mostly for unspeakable acts committed against vocals on ‘One More Time’ and influencing others to do similar. Other than that there’s just a drifting string in the background and. Ms Patty’s panted spoken word vocals and singular sung hookline. of course. dark. The much travelled and ever reliable Shena provides the vocals while Morillo and producer/remixer/DJ/dentist Thoneick lay down a wide soundscape of big piano chords. Then up he popped on Daft Punk’s ‘One More Time’ and promptly disappeared. The Shapeshifters are the latest in a long line. But flip to the main vocal and you’ll find an unashamed commercial and almost radio-targeted song — complete with Roman crooning like a good’un — that could be Daft Punk at their most pop.house.HOUSE REVIEWS Romanthony Be 2 Nite Launch Y MONET! SHO 8. ‘Overtime’ fits the deep category like a glove but there’s nothing aggressive here. a drop. the Samba Raw Vocal and Dub are the familiar dense.0 Every serious producer should have at least one monster disco groove in their portfolio and Pete Heller’s is the 24bit/96kHz Digital Audio 2 Effects Processors 18 fully-editable effects per processor 2 built-in loop samplers Advanced MIDI control Dedicated MIDI control area Output Limiter 24bit/96kHz Digital Audio Traktor Scratch Certified Firewire Audio Interface Fully-Editable Dual Effects Processor Comprehensive MIDI control Super-Advanced Settings Menu Full-Colour TFT Screen for complete control Output Limiter 118 DJ486. Probably not cool for those who care too much about their cred.5 Daft Punk have a lot to answer for. Disposable yes.0 ‘El Grillo. a soothing. punchy reverbed key stab. and neither is there any of the introspection or intensity that often comes with a Buzzin’ Fly release. ‘Nothing Better’ is quite the perfect example. Instead there’s an understated horn riff that might or might not be African.

” 7. Nelski Body Pop (Radio Slave Remix) Rising Music QUENTIN HARRIS STRICTLY RHYTHM 01.” 05. rolling beats are all the order of the day.indd 119 119 17/5/10 17:56:11 . I love it!” 8.com www. Taut basslines.uk / www.djmag.” Chocolate Puma feat Colonel Red Back Home Defected “Along with ‘Hey Hey’. Pete Gooding & Chris Coco Nightdance EP Nang 06. don’t expect any pretty Afro-ethno beats. very Yoko Ono. Naturally. www. while Toby Tobias does his tech thing. Obscure. NINJASONIK ‘Somebody Gonna Get Pregnant’ Marriage Production)’ Strictly Rhythm “Every year. PAUL OAKENFOLD & LED ZEPPELIN VS F. deeper boompty beats. It’s dark and musical at the same time.” 09.HOUSE REVIEWS PHil CHeeseman 10 Trevelyan Gdns. none of that means anything if the tune itself isn’t happening. As this is Chocolate Puma we’re talking about however.0 Simply superb and enormously long. in short. intricate. this was the track that I heard everywhere during WMC 2010. Over the top? Check out the musicianship and vocal performances.5 Filtered loops are back with a vengeance and here’s a producer who’s taken to them like a fish to water.0 Fela Kuti riffs seem all the rage at the moment.T. sophisticated. ‘Panic Room’ just edging out its siblings ‘Chrome’ and ‘Triad’. 08.0 If luxury came as audio it would probably sound like this. funky nu-disco licks and liquid. Like Cobblestone Jazz. JOSH WINK ‘Jus Right (Jimpster Remix)’ Ovum “This has an after hours vibe. QUENTIN HARRIS & DENIESE HENDERSON ‘Wait (R&O Tribute Re“This is my tribute to Oscar G & Ralph Falcon. London.” 03. atmospheric groove with long. But it is. 02. Ross Evana Chrome EP Leaders Of The New School 7.” 7. UNDERGROUND SOLUTION ‘Luv Dancin’ (2010 Harry Choo Choo Romero’s B-Boy Remix)’ Strictly Rhythm “Now this is how you update a classic! Modern and not over-produced. smooth.henleypro. QUICKIES Vanjee & Mark Alston feat Matt Belis Whole Lotta Love Camel Rider Bah Samba Favouritizm Don’t Let Them Get You Down 8. well.” Ecler EVO Series Evolve Your Style. BANG BANG ‘Broken (Sean Smith Remix)’ Lost My Dog 04.S.. although you could justifiably ask when they weren’t. it’s perfect.co. Do expect the normal Puma attack of big drums.” 10. there is a mindless record that just works and for some reason. is amazing. 6. Evolve Yourself For more information head to. YOKO ONO ‘Give It To Me (R Rodriguez Vocal/Alt Mix)’ Mind Train “Yoko Ono doing a song which is. radiant with class and quality. ‘Don’t Let Them Get You Down’ is in the same grand tradition as classics like MAW’s mix of Be Be Winans’ ‘Thank You’. NW10 3JY style but reduces things to pure percussion peppered with a few chants. big drops and fast-firing key riffs plus a counter-balancing melodic vocal hook from Colonel Red and a little frisson of the revving motorcycle/geiger counter effect popularised a year or two back. Camel Riders steer things in a housier direction and add piano while Doman & Pete Gooding hit the cooler. Classic Chocolate Puma.0 Cultured chill grooves from Gooding & Coco who strike a vintage house keys stance on the original. Radio Slave’s devotion to intricate arrangement and careful production comes off in spades. DJ DUKE ‘Blow Your Whistle’ ffrr 07.evobyecler.5 New York’s Vanjee & Alston deliver a beefy.com DJ486. “This was a fave of mine during the Junior Vasquez Sound Factory days!” ARMAND VAN HELDEN ‘The Witch Doktor (Miss Honey Dijon & Quentin Harris Sound Factory Cut Up Mix)’ Strictly Rhythm “Honey and I took this SR classic and re-worked it.house. Dennis Ferrer and Jimpster all rolled up in one tasty wrap.R. lingering drops and a soft-rock styled vocal. ‘Babe I’m Gonna Love This Basic Track (A TOT Mash Up)’ CDR “Genius. of course: Bah Samba isn’t so much about navel-gazing as good-time tunes executed with care and attention and as a house/jazz/soul fusion groove. THE DJOON EXPERIENCE FEAT KENNY BOBIEN ‘Old Landmark’ Cheers “It was time for a great foot stompin’ gospel house song..

Jonathan Jeremiah Island Heart Of Stone (Remixes) TBD DFA Oh My 7. ‘Yugo Disco’. sTeVIe WoNDer “Unbelievable proto Detroit techno from Motown’s star pupil. Connection West Coast Drive Morning Star New Young Pony Club We Want To The Numbers 6. Ichisan and Nakova (aka Igor and Jure). The Living Island. super-rare cosmic disco/Afro funk 12” from French production team gets a facsimile ‘re-issue’ to annoy those that paid through the nose for an original. nyabingi reggae classic. cascading arpeggios and a meandering lead guitar. A loose Talking Heads-style post-punk tune that’s accompanied with remixes from the likes of Renaissance Man (providing an average electro-house remix). Oh My’ is laced with scorched 303 lines wrapped around fuzzy guitar riffs and pile-driving disco drums. chirpy cowbell patterns. On the b-side. vintage-style house rhythms and unusual disco effects. Numbers) and Chicagobased. Cool’ loses the guitar in favour of some sizzling 909 hi-hats for a sleazy.0 Debut release on Dirk De Ruyck’s (Eskimo) new venture. 6. Abracadabra. provide a chromatic. “This never fails to rock a dancefloor. Elvis and Nora Dean’s haunting. peak-time. Tribal drums build up beneath emotive synth washes and subtle flecks of delicate acid flourishes. XL’s psych/garage goths.” 08. The result is a loose house groove with quirky ‘discoid’ chirps that could have been borrowed from Mr. Poni Hoax. taking ‘Matilda’s Dream’ to a much. by including some epic synth moments.0 KZA of Japan’s Force Of Nature re-edits three bona fide disco classics. Oizo’s sample library. reflected in a techy-disco reworking. swaps his old DX7 in favour of some modern production devices. ‘Burning Love’ and ‘I Got Your Number’. the latest addition to the roster is TBD — the brainchild of !!!’s Justin Vandervolgen and NYC’s Lee Douglas — who together.” 06. The Horrors.0 Pilooski.and a tough remix of the title track by DFA affiliate. Wanna Rock You’ and the instrumental version of Steve Bender’s (frontman of Eurovison finalists. with a single from Tigersushi’s punkfunk troupe. but who cares!” lIMe ‘on The grid’ Prism “Heavyweight hypnotic Euro sleaze remixed to perfection by producer John Morales. Penguin Prison’s linear discohouse version is a little disappointing.” ‘shuttlecock’ Virgin 04. More interestingly.” 120 DJ486. quirky synth-pop.com 7/5/10 15:41:21 . melodies with curdled time signatures snake around peculiar. Jacques Renault. Mute — the label that launched a career with Vince Clarke as Erasure. MArTIN CIrCus 09. have coined their style of patriotic disco as. Let’s Get Lost Vol. much darker place. nu-disco contenders. DJ Pierre-style acid house workout. Moroder’s catchy ‘I 9. Mickey Moonlight. with their percussion-heavy. 7. eDDY grANT “This monster classic was recently ripped off by the Gorillaz. I Wanna Be Your Lover 8.” ‘Thousand Fingered Man’ Salsoul ‘Nobody’s got Time’ Ice 10. “Primal Afro tribal house music from 1977!” “The roots of modern Kraut electronic disco.indd 120 www.” Poni Hoax Abracadabra ‘Hit Man’ Pye We Are The Bankers 02. ‘OK.djmag. Ichisan & Nakova Pionir Nang 5. The title track. CHANTel CurTIs “Moroder-influenced Moog disco with a French harmonica twist. Joel Martin QuIeT VIllAge/MAxxI & Zeus 01. 8. dropping his second release for Permanent Vacation. no-brainer. who between them. a cool dub version of ‘La Ninya’ — complete with balearic guitar phrases . famed for groundbreaking re-edits/remixes of Frankie Valli. 2 Let’s Get Lost V. AsHrA John Talabot Matilda’s Dream Permanent Vacation Andy Bell Call On Me Mute 6. help along this interesting comeback. but Pilooski does manage to keep the ship from sinking. ‘Woman’.disco. CANDIDo “Psychedelic rock with chanting voodoo priests?” ‘Disco Circus (Francois k edit)’ Unidisc “Louie Vega once stated this was his favourite all-time disco tune. ‘The Optimist’.P. whose Afro-disco version is the highlight of this EP. re-define the term ‘acid-rock’ on this latest release for the label. PATrICk CoWleY “Exotic soundtrack-inspired Italo from San Francisco. Backed with 6. but do serve a purpose. Kris Menace and Silver Columns weigh in with two. ‘Call On Me’. Andy Bell. Eccentric Body Music. Vince Clarke.0 Synth pop personality.0 First brought to the attention of many Italo-disco obsessives’ attention after appearing on the cult Automan label back in 2002. JIMMY Bo HorNe 07. electro-disco mixes that don’t particularly tread new ground.0 Another cosmic disco stunner from John Talabot. krautrock-style version while all-round interplanetary musician. Hey Champ.0 Following a couple of killer single releases — firstly the ardent electro-disco classic for History Clock.0 Following the likes of Uffie and Breakbot. VoYAge ‘Point Zero’ Marlin 03. Dschinghis Khan) ‘The Final Thing’. Been sampled so many times. His long-term partner. ‘Angie La La’. Gentlemen Drivers offer an EP of strobing electro-disco. ‘Pionir’ is a slick electronic production with a growling bass.disco REVIEWS It’s A Fine line Marketing It’s A Fine Line EP Y MONET! 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Other contributions from Deadboy (following his superb. and the deliciously skewed/brilliantly titled ‘Never Go With A Hippie To A Second Location’ for ‘Live At Robert Johnson’ — Ivan Smagghe and Marketing label boss. both tracks ‘Do The Hot Tar’ and ‘Bachbeat’ move in a wonderfully idiosyncratic fashion.0 This latest release on Nang comes from Slovenian disco duo. disco-dub and Tim Goldsworthy’s Mustang project.0 A broad choice of remixes to choose from on this latest from their selfreleased album. as does Discodromo.0 Killer. adds a quirky. Tim Paris return to make a perfect hat-trick. This classic sees another re-issue with two lesserknown productions from brothers Carmelo and Michelangelo La Bionda. Lusty Zanibar from Bearfunk Records produces a more euphoric version with lengthy breakdowns. Anything but linear.I. and cinematic electronics. featuring a varied choice of remixes.” ‘race Babbling’ Tamla ‘sea Hunt’ Megatone ‘spank (edit)’ Boot 05.

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it turns all flamenco piano meets pulsating minimalism. tribal and. Whatever the cost. Devastating. while maintaining the intensity. Almost. the monstrous ‘Dark Matter’ is dark until its break. Brilliant. It almost feels like cheating. Mobilee man Sebo K provides a remix.0 “Koze takes us on a journey to our favourite hospital and back. and here he’s thrown down some classy dub disco. he skirts around the subject. while the masterful Rick Wade pops off his ‘Detroit Chiller’ mix of the track with little thought for foreplay. ‘No Pressure’ too is firm. and what a rolling. an excursion into spooky electro-pop with dreamy vocals from Natalie Smash and mixes from Moscow and Danielle Baldelli. both well worth a look. a shuffling ‘French Kiss’-esque trancer that builds and builds. also known under the nom-de-plume Nightmoves.electronic/deep house REVIEWS QUICKIES in Flagranti Codek DJ486. a 4am clarion call to the dancefloor. while Hamburg’s Kollektiv Turmstrasse and Highgrade’s Todd Bodine take a pop at Tigerskin’s ‘Response’.0 In this latest for his own label Architech.” ‘Geduld (DJ Koze Remix)’ Kompakt JACKMATe AnD THe MiSSinG linx ‘Discodisco’ Pampa 02 “He is my hero and a true expert in deconstructing dance music. Play this. And just when you think you have ‘Jazzato Minimo’ pegged. following on from the 14 tracks of silken depth he provided on recent long-player ‘Niwa’. an intense. layers of synths. KRAUSe DUo ‘Up’ Philpot 06.djmag. Over. a ‘mainstream’ Moscow is producer Matt Waites. ‘Escape From Myself’ leads the charge. Insane and brilliant.com Ripperton 1976 Perspectiv Through A Rabbit Hole D’Julz Ovum 8. a rolling deep houser punctuated with old school. is like administering dancefloor catnip.electronic. whooping mass of vulgar. DFA founder Tim Goldsworthy (under his Thee Loving Hand guise) strips the track right down to its basics. Suol’s Penner. bass-driven slab of party action it is. that is until it gets its groove on whereupon it promptly heads for the dancefloor. FReilAnD 07. Deetron Green Collide/Dark Matter 8. low-slung groove. a concern co-run with London jock and producer Mat Playford. Here. Deetron’s debut on Joris Voorn’s Green imprint. but distinction goes to Zilske for his ice cold. notably the title track.” ‘Solid State’ Moodmusic 09. around 9:30 in the morning. www. it does so with gusto.Bass take on Pablo Bolivar’s ‘Other Vision’. but with ‘Collide’.” Absurd Allstars Remix Series Absurd Recordings “The rebirth of acid meets The Slits and later Eddie van Halen. Three fine remixes here for the brilliant Let’s Go Outside (aka Stephen Schiebert) from Viva Records man Leon. ‘Aftermath Class’ is a toasty-warm groove with an acid bassline arriving halfway.0 “A wonderful-sounding house tune spiced with ‘Levon Vincent peppers’. sit back and watch those under its throbbing spell tailspin into a writhing. stuffing in some chopped vocals and a humping house loop. Bacchanalian abandon.a. a track not in fact dissimilar to Silicone Soul’s line in building deepness.” 08. It is indeed a brave man who waits until halfway through a track to bring in his hi-hats.” “Techno needs good tools and this quiet beater works pretty well. SCHweiz ReC ‘Unknown’ Workshop Lush synth gorgeousness here from Christopher Manik with ‘Fable’ on Bristolian stable Four:Twenty. The Kollektiv take it by a nose. ‘Zoraida’ is all claustrophobic and menacing before flanking you with disorientating space synths and a meltingly gorgeous vocal from Amelia Saul arriving like an intoxicating breath of spring air. this is like being wrapped in a feather duvet. but minus the over reliance on hoover basslines. The fabulous ‘Nobody Loves You’ builds and chugs with a flavour of the ’80s boogie about it. hypnotic builder with clanging cowbells and spaced out synths. Absurd Recordings bring together their ringers for this substantial five-tracker. let’s Go outside Ripperton goes particularly deep here on this latest for his Perspectiv label. Sarrass Lust EP Third Ear Sunday Morning In The Church Of Bass (Remixes) Soma Andrea Fiorito Cynosure Moderato Zoologico 7. Crisp claps. Bass Culture honcho D’Julz brings three tracks of serious dancefloor pressure for Ovum.” 03.0 8.0 7.com 123 30/4/10 14:16:43 . GUnSHip ‘locussolus’ International Feel “I hope Ricardo Villalobos plays this tune. Tomas Malo (really Tom Gray. very deep indeed. soothing pad sounds. Todd Terry-style hi-hats. like bona fide disco witchcraft. SHloMi AbeR ‘Groove Mechanism’ Ovum 10. lil’ Tony “This piano riff could last forever.indd 123 BEN ARNOLD ben. Sleaze Records boss Hans Bouffmyhre and Stefny. that when the climactic moment arrives (and oh. well. Y MONET! SHO Matt Tolfrey & Chris Sylvester Real Talk EP Murmur 9.0 My Machines EP Four:Twenty Roman Flügel TURbo 01. On the digital release there’s versions from Toby Tobias and The Blessed too.” ‘Do The Hot Tar (it’s A Fine line)’ CDR Hailing from the house music dead zone t