FIELD DAY 2015 | REVIEW

Field Day

Kicking off the festival season for us was London weekender and one of our favourite festivals, FIELD DAY.

We headed down for the Saturday (Saturday the focus is on electronic music; Sunday it’s all about the bands). It seemed that the weather gods were smiling down on us, blessing us with glorious sunshine for maximum festival fun. We arrived just after 1pm with our sights firmly set on the BUGGED OUT tent where we caught the tail end of Andrew Wetherall and Daniel Avery’s B2B set. Already the tent was packed full of revellers and the feel good festival vibe was in full swing. Another mighty B2B hosted there was with techno gods Ben Klock and Macel Dettman who hammered out some hefty tunes for 2.5 hours. We also caught the superbly talented John Talabot where we were whisked away with deep melodic grooves and experimental electronica.

The layout of the festival was pretty familiar to us having been to Field Day a number of times now; the stages are easy enough to reach without too much walking and the selection and diversity of the food stalls is enough to rival the likes of Glastonbury and satisfy any hungry tummy (we opted for a Salt Beef and haloumi bagel – nom). Field Day’s regular ‘sports day’ was on for another year and throughout the day we’d take a break from dancing to watch revellers competing in old school games style competitions. The VIP area was located behind the Eat Your Own Ears stage (as per usual) and had a nice relaxed vibe with private toilets, bar, DJs, hay bales to plonk your ass down on and even a wine bar – perfect to escape the hustle and bustle of the main festival.

As well as the Bugged Out tent, we also had our eyes on the EAT YOUR OWN EARS stage where throughout the day you could catch Spector, Kindness, Todd Terje & The Olsons, Django Django and Caribou. An eclectic mix– something Field Day does well. We fluttered around the site for the day but came back to the EYOE stage to catch Mr Terje perform his album live on stage with a band and dancers (unfortunately although we love the album we found it quite slow and moved on – although we heard his ‘Inspector Norse’ performance was out of this world – a little gutted we missed that to be honest!). We were also there to catch the festival headliner – the mighty CARIBOU.

Caribou’s performance was at the top of the list for us – we had to see him perform. We’re big fans of both his aliases (his other being DAPHNI) and ‘Our Love’ has been one of our favourite albums of the past 12 months (it has been hammered on repeat by both of us). With the sun down and the stage illuminated with blue and purple lighting, the setting was perfect and the atmosphere was electric. He played tune after tune from his recent album and also went to his back catalogue and treated us to a performance of ‘Sun’. The highlight of the show had to be his rendition of ‘Can’t Do Without You’ (our favourite release from the Canadian producer), particularly as the crowd sang along in unison during that epic build – it was a real goosebump moment (check out our video).

Check out his performance at the Paris Pitchfork Music Festival last year for an idea of what we’re talking about:

Yet another great day – Field Day should be proud. It certainly is one of the best London festivals going and we can’t recommend it enough.

BEHIND THIS WALL BAR

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This lovely sunny weather means we can take our party game outdoors! Outdoor drinking and outdoor dancing have to be pretty much the best things ever right?! With a slew of outdoor bars popping up across London this summer you’re probably looking for the newest, coolest, most underground outdoor bar of them all…let us introduce BEHIND THIS WALL.

Behind This Wall is a part of East London club OVAL SPACE. They’ve pimped up the terrace space to the side of the club, overlooking large gas holders and the back-streets of Cambridge Heath (so urban). It’s been decked out in style using recycled materials, such as palettes used as holders for home grown salad leafs and herbs, and the tiles and decking give off an Ibiza vibe.

We kicked our visit off with yummy cocktails, made with fresh juices and garnished with rosemary, whilst enjoying some funk and disco being spun by the DJ. To fill our bellies we tucked into pork and chicken from then BBQ. All the meats are cured for six days and ours were deliciously tender and tasty. The food was a real winner.

Behind This Wall is not just a bar…

  • Mondays will see workshops from Ableton Live and guest supper clubs,
  • Tuesdays will host Voga (vogueing + yoga – guest DJs spinning 80s tunes whilst you stretch),
  • Wednesday is Terrace Film Night, focusing on music documentaries and shorts,
  • Thursday night is Record Stores on the Rotary – vinyl store staff let loose on the mixer,
  • Fridays host The Sub 120-Club, music policy strictly sub 120 bpm

It’s a great unusual spot with a nice vibe, delish food and some interesting events. A perfect way to spend sunny evenings. Well worth a visit!

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THE SOCIAL FESTIVAL

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Now in its third year, The Social Festival curated by Nic Faniculli, has pulled together the best UK underground line-up we’ve seen this year, hands down – take a drool at the names on the image above. The one day-er takes place in sunny Kent on the 12th September and, we’re sure there will be lots of cool visuals and yummy food vans but, with a line-up like that you’ll be going for the music and the music will be bloody good!

Tickets are still available at £44.50 + £4.45BF but book fast as they will sell out fo’ shizzle!

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GROOVE ARMADA | LITTLE BLACK BOOK (MODA)

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GROOVE ARMADA are an institution. They’ve evolved, adapted and their music spans decades. They were even the first act to get Nicola into electronic music. Not many acts can make such bold claims.

Fans of the duo will rejoice in news that they have just pulled together a brand new album for Jaymo and Andy George’s MODA BLACK imprint – their Little Black Book. It’s a musical melting pot– part compilation, part album and part remix album, featuring eight brand spankin’ new GA tracks and ten exclusive remixes.

If you register on the MODA BLACK WEBSITE you can get your hands on a free download of their new track ‘Get on the Floor’ which features the sublime vocals of Cari Golden (if you recognise the name, you’re probably thinking of THIS). The duo even threw a free party last night with the Moda boys to celebrate the launch and we headed down (who doesn’t love a bit of Thursday dancing?).

Check out the promo vid below and make sure you sign up on Moda’s website!

 

FIELD DAY 2015 | OUR PICK OF SATURDAY’S ACTION

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It’s now less than two weeks until East London weekend-er FIELD DAY. It’s our first festival of the year so we are well excited, well ready and well up for some big music!

One key draw is the festivals eclectic line-up. It puts together one of the most forward-thinking line-ups out there and is unafraid to champion lesser known artists. Of course, we’re more inclined to head to the dance tents but we’ll also be taking the opportunity to wander, explore and open our ears to something new. We’re going to be hitting up the Saturday; here’s our pick of the electronic stuff:

  • Caribou | fresh and always one to push the boundaries, we’re excited to finally catch Caribou live
  • Clark (Live) | for some real serious mean techno from a master
  • Daniel Avery b2b Andrew Weatherall | these two mighty DJs are guaranteed to deliver one hell of a set
  • John Talabot | for dance floor explorations and hopefully a few favourites too
  • Klaves | excited for the bouncy house sounds of this producer – bring out the sunshine!
  • Marcell Dettmann b2b Ben Klock | for when we want to thrash it out Berghain style
  • Ten Walls (Live) | we haven’t seen Ten Walls play before and are intrigued to see what he delivers live
  • Todd Terje and The Olsens | with the support of a live band, expect feel good disco vibes
  • FKA Twigs | for her great live show and ethereal, unique pop music

Other non-electronic things we’re excited about include:

  • Hackney Colliery Band | a brass band who do a Prodigy medley….sounds interesting
  • All of this Belongs to You, V&A at Field Day | drop in workshops to teach you about ‘how to get the most out of your camera phone’
  • Village Mentality | caus games, rides and silliness is always fun

Who/what’s top of your list to see? Tweet us your suggestions @technokittens

Keep an eye on our twitter (@technokittens) and Instagram (@TKnicola) throughout the day for updates, pictures and what we’ve been loving!

Saturday at Field Day is close to selling out | grab one of the last wave of tickets priced at £66.45 (incl. all fees) here

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APEX COLLECTIVE | EXCLUSIVE MIX 4 TTK

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APEX COLLECTIVE is a group of likeminded DJs and the founders behind Apex Bristol. Ahead of their appearance at Bristol’s infamous Love Saves the Day festival at the end of this month they’ve put together an exclusive mix, just for us, to give you a taste of what an Apex Collective set might entail. It features an hour of big, thrusting party music that packs a real sweaty dancefloor punch. The track selection is great; we love the bassy moments. It’s soulful and sexy and there’s loadsa attitude. If this is the kind of energy we can expect from an Apex Collective set then we’re sold. See you on that dancefloor babies!

LOVE SAVES THE DAY takes place on 23rd and 24th May at Eastville Park in Bristol | check out the mega and very eclectic line-up HERE | there are very limited tickets left HERE

RE.YOU | INTERVIEW

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MOBILEE is a label that continues to push the boundaries and the latest volume in their Back to Back compilation series does just that.  The 9th volume comprises two 30-minute sessions with 18 tracks from the Mobilee back catalogue deconstructed, rebuilt & mixed by label talent RE.YOU and there’s also a ‘Best Of’ mix, showcasing the imprint’s 2014 releases.  It certainly makes for excellent listening – especially if you are Mobilee fan girls like us.

Re.You has been touring Europe with some of the Mobilee crew to showcase the latest Back to Back release.  He’s finishing things up in London this Friday 28.03 @ The Egg, bringing along Ninetoes, Sebo K, And.Id, Igor Vicente, Miss Jools.

We caught up with Re.You to chat about the compilation and the current Back to Back European tour…

You’re going to be travelling over Europe in the next few weeks to promote the forthcoming mobilee Back to Back Vol 9 compilation you’ve curated.  We wish we could tag along as the line ups that are in store look pretty exciting, especially as support comes the Mobilee crew – Anja Schneider, Sebo K, Rodriguez Jr and Lee Van Dowski to name a few.  Have you played with all of these guys before?  Is there any city or club in particular that you’re extra excited to play?

Of course I play quite often alongside these guys. We’re doing at least one or two mobilee showcases every month with different artists. Sometimes we all play together which means a lot of fun. I’m looking forward to all the shows but of course the gig at Watergate Club will be special as it’s my hometown and all of my friends can join for this tour stop. For the last stop at the Egg I invited Ninetoes as special guest, so this one will be a highlight as well.

The tour ends in London at The Egg.  We’re pretty honoured that you’re closing things off on our home turf – it’s going to go off with a bang that’s for sure! Is London a city you enjoy playing?  How do you think it compares to the scene in Berlin or Paris?

London is really great. I like the creativity and the energy of this city. I booked my flight back to Berlin a day later to enjoy the city. So that’s how much I love it there. Normally I go straight home on Sundays after a long weekend. I love the vibes on Sunday in London, when all the daytime things are going on. But honestly Berlin is still the strongest of the above named in my opinion – however Paris and London are growing very quick – I just played in Paris and it was an amazing night at Showcase club. It’s good to see that the capitals are open to our music.

It’s fair to say you’re going to be travelling a fair bit over the next few weeks! What are your survival tricks when you’re on tour – do you have any rituals or a routine you like to follow when packing in so many gigs?  Any strange rider requests (or do any of the other mobilee crew have any??)?

I always try to sleep a bit before the gig to gain some energy. When you travel all day and almost have no sleep it’s good to have some hours in the hotel. But honestly I don’t have a real ritual… Not yet I guess :)

We’re big mobilee fans, so the compilation is music to our ears.  One half is a mobilee best of compilation and in the other half you’ve stripped down 18 tunes from the mobilee back catalog and turned them into two creative jams.  What was your thought process in selecting these tracks – were you looking for specific individual elements?  You must have had a few samples in mind before you even started sifting through the back catalogue?

We had a very special USB stick for mobilee’s 100th release with every single track on it, which helped me to make my selection. I roughly knew which tracks from which artist I wanted to use. I decided to ask every artist for one or two parts of their work. Then I started to create two 30 minutes tracks and integrate the different parts. It was difficult to get everything I wanted because some of it spanned back 10 years, and of course some people aren’t that well organised! But in the end I got 90 percent of what I asked for. I started with my own production – all the drumming – and then for example I added in the vocal, listened to it for hours over and over and finally formed it into a track – everything flowed.

We love music and we love cats.  Probably in equal measures.  Do you have any pets?  We reckon they’d have a great music taste 😉

I don’t have a pet! Actually we had a cat in our mobilee office where also my studio can be found. That cat actually bit every man who came there, so if you went to the bathroom or kitchen she was waiting for you and ready for an attack! In the meantime we found a new home at a family outside Berlin and she’s happy there.

And finally, the one question that everybody gets asked – if you were a techno kitten for the day what would you get up to?

I would do risky and epic jumps all day…

 buy tickets for The Egg here | buy the compilation here | stream the two sessions below

 

 

BRITISH SUMMER TIME STARTS WITH LWE

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This weekend the clocks go forward signalling the start of British summer time (even though it’s crappin’ freezing) and longer, lighter evenings. If that’s not cause for a whole heap of amazing parties then I don’t know what is! LONDON WAREHOUSE EVENTS is throwing four massive events this Saturday night (28 March). They’re so good, picking which one to go to is a tough choice, so we’ve put together this handy guide:

Cocoon London | Sven Vath, Markus Fix, Dorian Paic +more @ Building Six

What’s in store? Cocoon madness, a bit of Ibiza magic and Sven’s always impeccable party techno

Go to this party for…dancing with your sunglasses on

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Hotflush | Scuba, Function, Dense & Pika, Jack Haighton @ The Steelyard

What’s in store? Label honcho Scuba will be launching his new album at this new venue in the city

Go to this party for…new sounds and some bloody excellent techno

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Mixed | XXXY, Trus’me, Pional @ Village Underground

What’s in store? a hybrid of sounds from garage and bass to house and techno

Go to this party for…a night of eclectic music

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mobilee | Re.You, Ninetoes, Adam Shelton, Sebo K, And.Id (live), Igor Vicente, Miss Jools + more @ The Egg Club

What’s in store? Choice house and techno from the crew at one of our favourite labels

Go to this party for…good vibes and adventures in the jungle that is The Egg

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LEAF | REVIEW

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LEAF | 06.03.2015

Last Friday we headed down to the day one of the London Electronic Arts Festival (LEAF); conversations. Held in the stunning Tobacco Dock the warehouse’s upper floor was the perfect setting for the event with the airy rooms set up for various talks and demos. When we arrived Nile Rodgers had the largest of the rooms completely packed out for a full three hours, it was so packed we couldn’t get in (our fault for being late) so we wandered about getting our bearings and checking out the Native Instruments room set up with hardware and software for anyone to try out.

The first talk we caught was The Ambient Revival; a discussion on ambient and it’s place in the current electronic landscape. The panel discussed the call for the return of the chill out room (a campaign fronted by Mixmag), we’ve got to say they could be on to something there – yes, London clubs have chill out areas but we need some tunes in there too to complete the vibe.

We caught some of Busy P discussing his time managing Daft Punk then headed over to see B.Traits State of Mind talk. We developed a crush on the very cool Professor Fiona Meacham who is pioneering drug testing in UK clubs. The discussion focussed around how to make clubbing safer for all parties involved and we were really impressed with promoter Simon Denby’s (Percolate) attitude to the issue and the steps he’s taking at his nights, such as by providing on site medical vans. It’s a highly interesting and sensitive topic that could be discussed for hours and the Q&A section certainly threw up some interesting characters. It was great to see promoters, artists and researchers coming together to pioneer practical solutions.

Our last call of the day was at Dusky’s production demo where they stepped into Logic Pro to show us some of the elements behind their killer tune ‘Inta’. Here we were given an insight into how the percussion, bass, strings and piano sections were composed and the various add-ins and filters were applied to give it that distinctive Dusky sound. The duo charmed the crowd and answered questions from budding producers who were keen to learn more, sharing tips on mastering and the use of plug-ins. Even if you weren’t a producer and had no idea what they were talking about half the time, it was a rare chance to get up close and personal with the Dusky boys and gain an insight into their dynamic and sound.

This was an excellent event; meticulously organised, cool crowd, good vibes. Brought together by our love of and interest in underground electronic music, we explored, listened and learnt in great company. If you love the scene you will love this event.

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LEAF CLUB | 07.03.2015

Our pals went to LEAF’s day party, LEAF CLUB the following day and had good things to report back.

“As always the venue was great. LWE have got the organisation at Tobacco Dock down to a T, from entry and lockers (no need to queue for cloakroom!) to capacity and flow. The event was busy but not too crowded, especially the main room which had lots of space to dance and we really can’t emphasise enough how important this is for a good party! Highlights had to be Pan-Pot who delivered their usual energetic and bouncy style, Chris Leibing, who, despite the previous warm up sets, played dark and hard in true CLR style, and Modeselektor…blowing the amps several times but still keeping the crowd wanting more! Our one criticism? Please stock your bars more guys! Other than that, we can’t wait for the next party here!”

Track of the night below…

LEAF CLUB | TICKET COMPETITION

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The London Electronic Arts Festival (LEAF) is taking place this Friday 6th March and Saturday 7th March. Saturday is LEAF club – a showcase of some of the biggest names in techno & house playing across three rooms at London’s Tobacco Dock. It’s a day time rave (everybody loves a day party!) and features massive names such as Tale Of Us, Sasha, Chris Liebing, Anja Schneider and Pan-Pot. Oh yeah.

We’ve got a pair of tickets to give away for LEAF club and it’s real simple to win them – just head over to our facebook page and comment on the LEAF picture tagging the name of the mate you would take. Simples. We’ll pick the winner from random and announce 5pm Friday. Good luck!

More details & tickets to LEAF club HERE.