STUDIO 338 X EDU IMBERNON | COMPETITION

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Win one of five t-shirts from Edu Imbernon with Studio 338’s ’12 Days of Christmas giveaway!

With the countdown to Christmas well underway, one of London’s most unique and exciting events spaces Studio 338, is treating fans to an assortment of prizes in their ‘12 Days of Christmas’ giveaway! Featuring artists across the festive season including T.Williams, Kris Wadsworth and Session Victim, this is Christmas-come-early for any clubbing fan.

We are giving readers a chance to get their hands on one of five t-shirts from Valencian songwriter, producer, remixer, DJ and label owner, EDU IMBERNON! The multi-talented Edu is known the world over for his feel-good take on electronic music with releases on the likes of Get Physical and DIYnamic. This Saturday he plays at Greenwich superclub Studio 338 for part two of their epic Christmas specials.

Studio 338 based on the Greenwich Peninsula houses Europe’s largest covered outdoor terrace arena, which has seen their hugely successful forest installation transform clubbing as we know it. Stretching across three rooms, the venue continues to play host to some of the biggest acts in contemporary electronic music complete with custom-built VOID soundsystem.

TO ENTER and be in with a chance of winning just head on over to our FACEBOOK PAGE, give us a like and comment on the post related to this competition. Simples.  The competition closes at midnight Saturday 13.12.14 and the  winner will be selected from random and announced via Facebook.

Edu Imbernon plays the Studio 338 Christmas Special on Saturday 13th December, 338 Boord St, Greenwich, SE10 0PF. For information and tickets visit the EVENT PAGE.  Good luck!

INTRODUCING | CHAPTER 24

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CHAPTER 24 is a new melodic house and techno record label bringing you high quality music, art and verse with heart and soul above all else. We reckon they’ve got pretty smooth taste (like us) and we really like their style.

Gather Round…Soul Button, on Saturday 20th December, is the first in a series of club nights hosted by the label. As founder of the exciting Berlin-based label Steyoyoke, SOUL BUTTON has been responsible for a series of brilliant releases with a signature sound, finding increasing international acclaim due to the sheer quality of the music he is putting out, time after time. The night will be a chance for house music lovers to get together to hear talented label artists set the scene, building a platform for the headliner to spin us a tale. The first Gather Round is a return to the spiritual home of the London club scene, The Star of Kings, a great club venue equipped with a Funktion One sound system.

As it’s almost Christmas, Chapter 24 will be donating all their profits from ticket sales to the Single Homeless Project (SHP), a charity for homeless and vulnerable people in London. Spread the festive cheer! – tickets are a very reasonable £10 so grab one now here

Ahead of his headline appearance at Gather Round, Soul Button has put together a wonderful contribution to Chapter 24’s Telling Tales series of podcasts. This edition takes the listener on a journey from drama and torment, to suspense, settlement and newfound resolve. Soul Button invites us to step into his world and live the story with him, every step of the way.

 

MEDIATE | EVERYTIME (LOVE & OTHER)

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MEDIATE are a young Manchester-based production duo consisting of vocalist Suzy Alexander and producer Ant Hickman. They have recently dropped their latest single ‘Everyime’ on LOVE & OTHER which follows on from their deubt EP’ Harder’ which was released on JET JAM earlier this year.

You may have seen the duo on the bill for venues such as Ibiza Rocks, Unkown festival in Croatia and just earlier this month at The Warehouse Project in Manchester. Their production is vocal focussed, feel good house with a warm garage vibe – something we’re certainly enjoying here at TTK! We caught up with the pair to find out more about Mediate…

Hey Mediate, you’ve released your latest single ‘Everytime’ on Love & Other which has already had huge support from the likes of Rob Da Bank, B. Traits and Reset Safari, congratulations!    Can you tell us what you’ve got lined up next or is it all hush hush?

We’ve got a release or two in the pipeline as well as some gigs. Other than that we’re just in the studio working on new material, remixes and putting together a live show.

You played Gorgon City’s Warehouse Project earlier this month with Kidnap Kid, Redlight and Bondax.  You guys hail from Manchester too so it must have been a huge honour to be playing at the famous Store Street venue?!

Playing at Warehouse Project was a dream come true. Coming from Manchester it’s the venue that everyone wants to perform at and it is always amazing to be in front of a home crowd. The lineup was pretty amazing! We’re very grateful to the Gorgon City boys for having us down and are looking forward to supporting them again in Leeds on 29th November at Canal Mills.

Surely you’ve been to your fair share of WHP parties over the years?

Yes! We know that they were great, from what we can remember anyway… When we heard it was moving back to Store Street this year  we were over the moon!

So where did you guys meet and how did you decide to make music together? How does the production process go – is it always a smooth one?

We grew up together, our parents live two doors down from each other! The music thing came when we were about 14/15 when we performed Drops of Jupiter by Train at a school assembly. Mediate grew from the branches of a previous project that we were involved in. Our sound represents and reflects our full range of musical tastes. As for production process, it’s very collaborative. We piece vocals and beats together and we have a very honest relationship.

You must spend a lot of time together in the studio and behind the decks – do either of you have any funny or annoying habits?

Mutually we sometimes get delirious in the studio sometimes and start talking like we’re MC’s…  Bound for the bound bound, for the reload….

And the question we ask everybody – if you were a techno kitten for the day what would you get up to?

We would love to roll around in some cat nip for the day…

You can catch Mediate playing alongside Gorgon City on 29th November at Canal Mills (Sold Out)
‘Everytime’ is out now on Love & Other |
buy it here

FIELD DAY 2015 | FIRST WAVE ACTS ANNOUNCED

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Festival season may feel like a distant memory and summer is well and truly over but that doesn’t stop us from looking forward to 2015, especially when the lovely folk at FIELD DAY have gone and brightened up our day with the announcement of the first wave of acts to headline next year’s festival. Just take a look at this lot all making an appearance on Saturday 6th June:

Caribou/ Ben Klock b2b Marcel Dettman/ Chet Faker/ Clark – (LIVE)/ Daniel Avery b2b Andrew Weatherall/ Django Django/ Ghost Culture/ Hailu Mergia with Tony Buck & Mike Majkowski/ Jagaara/ Kindness/ Madlib/ Nina Kraviz/ Owen Pallett/ SOPHIE/ Tei Shi/ Ten Walls (LIVE)…  plus many more to announce soon!

And that’s just the first wave, we’ll just have to see what else can top a Caribou headliner or some of those insane b2b sessions?! Oh my Field Day, you do spoil us.

Keep locked into the blog for more news and updates on the line up as they are announced! If you’re sold already then go grab your tickets HERE while they’re cheap as chips (first release are £49.50 + BF).

FABRIC – DESOLAT 15.11.14 | REVIEW

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The highly anticipated Desolat FABRIC takeover took place this Saturday and it was one night that I will not forget.

HECTOR kicked off the bill in Room 1 with a 4 hour set full of funk, get up and go, dropping all sorts of bangers including Traumer – Hoodlum (respectfully acknowledging the latest addition to the DESOLAT crew) and Paranoid London – Paris1 which was very well received by the crowd. His four hour set flew by; the suave Mexican gave it his all, sealing it as my favourite set of his to date.

Towards the end of his set Hector switched it up with a Latino edge and more mellow vibe which was inevitably leading to one thing… enter GUTI. I had a quick chat with him before his set (and what a down to earth and genuine guy he is!) and spoke briefly about the release of his album Rompecorazones before he had to rush off to take over the decks with his 1 hour 15 minute set. As always it was a beautiful, majestic experience with his usual South American vibe that captivated the crowd – dropping his collaboration with Mark Fanciulli ‘The Light’ was a real highlight!

Guti’s set was not long enough, however it was the perfect build up for Mr. Desolat himself. Room 1 was soon packed as LOCO DICE took to the decks and his unique sound was soon playing out of the world famous Fabric sound system. It seemed that the vibe in the booth was as ecstatic as the dance floor as Loco dropped tracks like Fabio Neural – Mein Freund and Roman Fluegel – More & More & More (Ian Pooley’s New Dub). The Desolat boys clearly enjoyed the night as much as the packed out crowd that came to seem them as they finished up a little after 10am with Guti missing his flight!

It’s fair to say Fabirc isn’t just about Room 1 – Rooms 2 and 3 also hosted big names Terry Francis, Richy Ahmed and Kink who provided some deep techy sets that came in handy when needing a break from the hustle and bustle of Room 1.

All in all, a very good night full of glorious, disgustingly dirty music. What more could a house head want?! If you ever see a promo for a Desolat night at Fabric, don’t think about it – cancel your plans and buy a ticket. You won’t regret it.

words | Max

LOCO DICE | FABRIC 15.11.14

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With summer now well and truly behind us what better way is there to welcome the winter months than by dancing away to Loco Dice and his Desolat boys Hector and Guti at Fabric on Saturday November 15th.

First up in Room 1 is Hector, a DJ that always delivering a unique energy and brings the party vibe. Just knowing that Hector will be accompanying Loco at Fabric once again is filling me with pre-rave butterflies.  To top this off, following up is one of my all time favourites – Guti. This Argentinian & former rock band member never fails to impress and having listened religiously to his album Rompecorazones that was released earlier this year  I’m excited to see what he has to offer.

Finally Room 1 will be taken on a journey by Mr. Desolat himself.  For me Loco Dice is one of the coolest men on this planet and an absolute genius behind a set of decks. With his unique sound that subtly hints of his hip hop background, Loco Dice always leaves my mind blown.

Room 2 looks rather tasty too with KiNK, Terry Francis and Marcel Fengler all set to Feature. Just when you thought the lineup was pretty damn sexy as it was, Room 3 is the cherry on top with Pete Zorba and Richy Ahmed among others. Not bad eh?!

FULL LISTING – SATURDAY 15.11.14
ROOM 1 – DESOLAT: Loco Dice Guti Hector
ROOM 2: Terry Francis Marcel Fengler KiNK LIVE
ROOM 3: – KALUKI: Richy Ahmed Nathan Barato Pirate Copy Pete Zorba

advance tickets are now sold out – but there are plenty on the door – more details here

words | Max

CLUBBING ROUND-UP

Some exciting dates for your diaries…

Simple Things

SIMPLE THINGS FESTIVAL 2014 | GLASGOW | SATURDAY 01 NOVEMBER

Electronic music for the thinking man. A rare performance from the inimitable Autechre, dark hard techno from Actress and Clark and the eclectic sound of Nightmares on Wax. A forward-thinking event that celebrates innovation and diversity in a city that’s know for a barry night out. Expect lots of experimental stuff and to discover some new sounds. Taking place over 5 stages in 3 venues.

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NYD 2015

NYD 2015 | TOBACCO DOCK, LONDON | 01 JANUARY 2015

We spent last NYD partying at Tobacco Dock at what was its first club event. Roll on 10 months and it’s been London’s party venue of choice this year. So why not do it all over again for 2015! The party hosted by London Warehouse Events is going to feature a whole host of underground house and techno favourites. Art Department, Martinez Brothers, Visionquest, Guti LIVE, Subb-an and more all make up a party loving crew of artists who are going to make this one fun way to start your year. We’ll see you there.

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Gottwood

GOTTWOOD 2015 | WALES | 11-14 JUNE 2015

Gottwood had one of the most thoughtful and well-selected electronic line-ups of this summer’s festivals and we heard nothing but good things. Plus the location looks stunning! Growing on it’s success, it’s back next June with the same crowd of underground party players hosting stages and some new names such as Craig Richard’s Nothing Special too. No DJs have been announced yet but that hasn’t stopped the first three Teirs of early-bird tickets selling out. Our advice – get in there now. It’s bound to be special. Check out the video below of last year’s festival if you need more convincing.

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BOOKA SHADE TO PLAY FIRST UK CLUB SHOW IN 18 MONTHS

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Earlier this year as part of the Convergence Series of events taking part across London town, Booka Shade performed live to a sell out crowd at Shoreditch’s Village Underground. We were lucky enough to nab ourselves a ticket and bopped out to their amazing performance, leaving in awe and marking it as one of the best performances we’ve been to (read the review here). Now the boys are back in London, but this time they’re going all out with a performance combining elements of their live show for their first club night appearance in 18 months at Electric Brixton on Friday 24th October.

The duo are one third of the brains behind one of our favourite labels Get Physical (having co-founded with M.A.N.D.Y and DJ T back in 2002) and have continued to demonstrate their ability to produce forward thinking electronic music with an impressive catalogue of albums and single releases including their most recent, critically acclaimed album, ‘Eve’. If you are a fan of their music then you can not miss this opportunity to catch them play live.

In case you needed convincing further, supporting them are Boris Brejcha, Krankbrother and the Entail Records family….

tickets are still on sale priced at £15 early bird / £20+ booking fee| get your tickets here 

DIMENSIONS FESTIVAL REVIEW


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Now that we’ve had some time to recover and digest, here’s our review of the mighty Dimensions opening concert and festival.

Having not attended last year, we decided a line-up of Caribou, Neils Frahm and Darkside was enough to tempt us to part with the additional £40 for the opening concert this year. It turned out to be a great decision. Taking place in a Roman amphitheatre in nearby Pula, you couldn’t ask for a more stunning backdrop to some of the finest live electronic music performances we’ve ever seen. Having never had the pleasure of listening to Neils Frahm before the concert, we were blown away both by his awe-inspiring performance and his friendly demeanour, the crowd lapped up his banter and it was a spectacular way to open the concert (particularly as the sun was just setting!) Next up we had Kwabs. Not much to say here other than, not our cup of tea. Next we left our seats to join the mosh-pit for Caribou, who delivered a spectacular live performance, ‘Sun’ especially shone as a beacon of amazing-ness with an epic musical interlude before returning to the gorgeous one-word vocals of Dan Snaith.  Darkside were an inspired choice to end what was a fantastic opening night, with a spectacular lightshow illuminating the unique-ness of their musical style and performance.

The festival itself was once again for us dominated by the mighty Roman Flugel. Our highlight from 2013 was back, darker, harder and with an even bigger arsenal of melodic Techno to move us with. His hypnotic boat-party set will be hard to beat this year in terms of atmosphere, with everyone commenting on what a great crowd it was. His set back on dry land later in the festival in the safe confines of the ruins of a roman fort was suitably heavy with twists of melody and lightness, a sound he has cultivated and made his own on his fantastic recent album ‘Happiness is Happening.’ Other festival highlights included brilliant sets from Italojohnson, Daphni, Fred P, and we finally got to see out favourite Croatian deep-techno spinner, Petar Dundov absolutely ‘kill it’ on home soil having been rained off the year before. Dimensions really has something over the competition, the atmosphere and location unbeatable, and only improved with the familiarity that comes with revisiting a second year. We highly recommend you get involved next year!

Friend of the Techno Kittens Stevev19 did this awesome mix inspired by our happy times there and the music that entertained us, hope you enjoy!

And Croatian Deep-Techno goodness from Petar Dundov can be found here…

 

words | Rose

vote for Dimensions in the Festival Awards here

top image courtesy of Dan Medhurst Photography

HALLOWEEN CLUBBING GUIDE

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Everyone comes out to play at Halloween! As usual there’s a whole host of seriously good club nights descending on the cobbles of Ye Olde London for the freakiest weekend of the year. Here’s a run-down of the best of the bunch….

FRIDAY 31 OCTOBER

FOUND Horror Series | Troxy E1

Fresh from the success of two successful festivals this summer, the FOUND team are putting on two nights if frightfully good music curated by George Fitzgerald (Friday 31 October) and Maya Jane Coles (Saturday 01 November). East London’s Art Deco auditorium, the Troxy, will be transformed into a spooky den for the night and ravers are encouraged to ‘dress to scare’. George is joined by Mano Le Tough and Deetron and Maya has teamed up with Ellen Allien and Joyce Muniz.

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Krankbrother presents Halloween | Pulse

Krankbrother promises to turn Southbank-located Pulse into a ‘terrifying, sexy and hedonistic hell of light, sound and entertainment’. Sounds kinky! Andrew Weatherall and Heidi are the big draws; two artists who love to rock a party – the vibes are going to be bangin’ at this one.

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SATURDAY 01 NOVEMBER

Awakenings & LWE present Drumcode Halloween | Tobacco Dock

This is a line-up that will make any techno lover drool excessively and is the party you’ll catch us at on Halloween weekend. Adam Beyer, Paul Woolford, Scuba, Dense & Pika, Nina Kraviz…that’s just a few of the mega names filling the glorious Victorian venue with tunes – read our full preview here. It’s a daytime shindig (12pm til 10.30pm) so of course there’s an After Dark party too;  Beyer, Woolford, Voorn and Fitzpatrick will be hopping down to Studio Spaces E1, to continue the techno madness – After Dark info and tickets.

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Secretsundaze Dead Famous Halloween Party | Oval Space

Always a winner of a fancy dress theme! The Secretsundaze crew will be spinning some fresh raw house music. Headliner Ronaldo is known for his high energy sets and Secretsundaze always draws a friendly fun-loving crowd, so this is going to be one bouncy bopping boomtastic party.

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PS | we’ve suggested a few outfit ideas below in case you’re stuck…

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