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…

halloween outfit ideas

ENTER. & MUSIC ON IBIZA | REVIEW

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This was my second trip out to the White Isle this year, but this time only for two nights, and possibly the two best successive nights for techno on the island: ENTER. and Music On. Both parties are only three years old but have contributed to the increase in technos popularity on Ibiza along with Sven Vath’s long standing and impeccable Cocoon on Monday nights, so expectations were high!

We kicked off with Richie Hawtin’s ENTER. (mustn’t forget the obligatory full stop!!) at Space which was in its 11th week. The party starts in the Sake. Bar, where Richie himself serves punters sake cocktails to world class headliners (check out our photo with the man himself below!). This week it was a double bill of live acts from the Minus cohort; Gaiser and Matador. My advice, get there early, as the headliners for Sake. bar start at 10pm, it’s basically a mini pre-party. On to Space and the main floor hosted Dubfire and Richie Hawtin, both of whom destroyed the dance floor with their signature heavy, dismantled techno. Hawtin in particular seemed to excel, playing at a standard I hadn’t heard for a while. We also found time to head over to the Terrace to catch Nina Kraviz play one of her sensationally exploratory sets. But, it is worth having a good roam, as the bill posters say, ‘Explore. Discover.’ (more full stops!) because there are all sorts of genuinely exciting things going on off the dance floor too. Check out the Mind. Room for some experimental and ambient electronica or, go and check out Ean Golden’s (of DJ Techtools fame) interactive table where you can collaborate with others to control individual loops of music and experience other music technologies.

ENTER. uses the free roaming feel of Space to excellent advantage and feels slick and polished without being too in your face or pushy. It’s great to see Hawtin himself get so involved too, from hanging out in the Mind. room, to serving sake. Hats off to the ENTER. team for all the thought and hard work that has gone into this seriously good party.

The following night was Music On. I’ve been meaning to go to Marco Carola’s Amnesia party for a while now (and even experienced a mild melt down earlier this year when I was unable to go because of a poorly timed return flight home!) so I was really glad to finally make it. My previous experience of Amnesia is exclusively limited to the awesome Cocoon Monday nights so having the headliner play the clubs huge Terrace room was a new experience. Dancing in the morning sun to Carola was great fun and the crowd were really getting into it. But, my biggest revelation was the line-up in the Club room. Having heard little of Carlo Leo and nothing of Monika Kruse I was totally blow away by their sets (and, as a massive fan of Untold’s Hemlock Imprint, was sufficiently ecstatic when Carlo Leo dropped Randomer’s gruesome dance floor smasher ‘Bring’!). Both brought a no-nonsense techno edge to the night which was infectious to the point of pandemic, with sharpened hats and huge kicks being very much the order of the night. What I have to admire about Carola’s party more than anything, is the simplicity. Unlike ENTER., Music On gets straight to business and is the perfect party to get lost on the dance floor at.

ENTER. and Music On are two very different but excellent parties which I have added to my list for next year’s season. Check them out if you haven’t already!

Finally, I’d like to give a shout out to the ENTER. team who were excellent hosts, you know who you are. ;)

more | ENTER. Ibiza | Music On

words | Ben

ben dane ritchiethe above image is shared from the ENTER. facebook page | follow ENTER. on facebook

JON HOPKINS LIVE | THE ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL

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Last Friday evening we had our minds well and truly blown by master of sounds Jon Hopkins. We can hands down say that it was the best live show that either of us had ever seen. All taking place in the grand setting of the Royal Festival Hall at the Southbank Centre, London, the sound quality at the venue was nothing short of superb. Warming us up were the wonderful sounds of Blanck Mass – the solo project of Benjamin John Power (F*** Buttons) – who has been touring with Sigur Ros as their main support. He played a straight set of experimental cinematic soundscapes that we got completely lost in. The performance climaxed with an epic build of loud, encapsulating noises that filled the Royal Festival Hall with a reverberating energy.

When Jon Hopkins took to the stage every seat in the house was packed and you could feel the love for the legendary producer when he stepped up to riotous applause. The famous concert venue was the perfect place for the musician to showcase his talents and Jon was joined by long-term collaborator, guitarist and noise-maker Leo Abrahams and experimental string section Geese.

We were interested to see how well the visuals would be incorporated into the live performance. Beats and percussive elements became bold colours and flashes of flight, which transformed into animated shapes as they were played live; a spectacular show in which the performer and visuals were intricately linked. Jon began the show with Leo Abrahams, combining the atmospheric sound of the guitar with live beats before transitioning over to a piano set where he played elegantly whilst the entire venue sat silent, hanging on every key stroke.

The string section joined for a spectacular live version of ‘Breathe This Air’ supported by stunning visuals, resulting in a real goosebump moment leaving us sat in awe (and with a little tear in our eye). The show continued to build momentum and climaxed with a performance of ‘Open Eye Signal’ which got the entire venue jumping from their seats and dancing in the aisles – we’re pretty sure the Royal Festival Hall had never seen anything quite like it, it had a full-on rave on it’s hands. Jon then jumped back on the piano and the tone of the show switched completely as people slowly filtered back to their seats. It was interesting to see how he effortlessly tranitioned between his up-beat techno style and his slower, atmospheric and melancholic pieces. The crowd were loving every minute (particularly when her dropped ‘Collider’) which made it even sweeter when he returned to the stage for his encore, met with a roar from the crowd and everybody once again on their feet dancing their hearts out. A night that showed the true power of truly awesome live electronic music – an incredible experience we’ll always remember.

We loved it so much we’ve already purchased tickets for Jon’s next live show which is at Brixton Academy in April 2015….we just wish we didn’t have such a long wait | tickets here

PAN-POT EXTENDED SET | iCAN STUDIOS 10TH OCTOBER

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Pan-Pot are back for another London takeover. We were at their sold-out Second State label showcase in March and it was immense. There’s a good reason why they’re on our top 5 DJs list! This time they’ll be playing an extended set at East London’s iCan Studios, a nice spacey warehouse venue tucked away in Hackney Wick. Expect driving dance floor techno that will get the party going from the start – these guys know how to make a crowd sweat. Grab your tickets now as they will sell out.

Pan-Pot play iCan Studios on Friday 10th October | first release tickets are £15 | buy here

PS. We’ve had a sneak preview of their forthcoming Watergate mix album and it’s bloody sensational – we’ll bring you more on that soon.

You can expect some of THIS! from a Pan-Pot DJ set…

KRANKBROTHER CARNIVAL AFTERPARTY

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The last bank holiday of the year is nearly upon us and, ah, how to spend it. We’ve decided to hit up London’s infamous Notting Hill Carnival and spend the day bouncin’ our batties at the Rinse FM stage and munching jerk chicken. When the carnival fun ends we’ll be heading straight round the corner to the Krankbrother Carnival Afterparty which starts at 8pm and keeps going til 6am Monday. They’ve secured a stellar line-up to continue the fiesta. dOP and KiNK will be playing live, underground hero Gerd Janson will be delivering some melodic magic and of course Krankbrother will be playing too. Bring on the three day weekend and the good times!

Krankbrother Carnival Afterparty takes place at Royal Park Studios on Sunday 24th August | buy tickets here

if you’re coming to Carnival, Time Out has an excellent guide here

if you’re looking for something else to do read our Bank Holiday clubbing guide here

get a taste of the Krankbrother sound below…

AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY | LONDON TOP PICKS

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Bank Holidays are made for partying.  That extra day allows for extra recovery and extra dancing and with so much going on it can be tricky to decide where to focus your party efforts. That is why we have hand picked our top events going on in London this weekend…

FRIDAY 22.8 | WARM UP PRESENTS MICROTRAUMA | TICKETS

London techno night Warm Up is hosting it’s next party at one of our favourite underground warehouse venues – Crucifix Lanes.  They’re bringing in two top talents from Traum – Microtrauma and Hubert Kirchner, both performing live.  Supported by Warm Up resident and founder Aiden Doherty and a host of other DJs, this has to be our pick to kick off the bank holiday.  Expect to hear all things dark/melodic and emotional.

LINE UP - MICROTRAUMA (live) 2hr set (traum), HUBERT KIRCHNER (live) (traum), AIDAN DOHERTY (Warm Up), RED PIG FLOWER (Entail), CANDI BIANCA,  JORGE MARTINS (mind box music)

SATURDAY 23.8 | SOUTH WEST FOUR | TICKETS

Saturday is day one of the two-day South West Four (SW4) festival taking place on London’s Clapham Common.  With Loco Dice, Tale of Us, Seth Troxler, Booka Shade, Guy Gerber and the legendary Josh Wink all set to play, this has to be the day for us.  Let’s pray for dry weather, but if it rains fuck it; it’ll be a blast anyway!  Our pick has to be the following two arenas:

DJ MAGAZINE ARENA – Loco DiceJamie JonesTale Of Us,Tiga vs AudionPaco OsunaRobert DietzTristan Ingram, Better Lost Than Stupid (Matthias TanzmannDavide Squillace & Martin Buttrich)

LAST DAY ON EARTH ARENA – Sasha, Paul Kalkbrenner (live), Seth TroxlerBooka Shade (live), Guy GerberMagdaHenry Saiz [Live Band Show], Bowler, Josh Wink (20 Years of Ovum set)

SUNDAY 24.8 | 2020 DAY AND NIGHT | TICKETS

After the success of their last 2020 Day/Night party over the May Bank Holiday, 2020 Vision are back and throwing one last party at the legendary Shoreditch Underground venue before it shuts for good. Sad face.  But to mark the occasion and celebrate an extra day of partying thanks to this glorious bank holiday they are bringing an incredible line up to this incredible venue. Happy face.  The day party will take place from 1pm to 9pm with the evenings events moving swiftly to secret venue nearby to carry the party on until 6am.  Aiming for a terrace feel, this is going to a nice way to close out the bank holiday antics.

LINE UP - Ralph Lawson, Mario Basanov, Audiojack, Krystal Klear, Purple Disco Machine, Tristan Da Cunha

OTHER TTK PICKS
Hydra 3-day | Carl Craig, Giles Peterson, Matthew Dear, Robert Hood  & more
The Nest & BBQ Roof Party @ Dalston Roof Park | Justin Martin, Mak & Pasteman, Tessellate
Notting Hill Carnival!

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LWE & AWAKENINGS PRESENT DRUMCODE HALLOWEEN 2014

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This is the best London party line-up we’ve seen all year. Hands down. Techno lovers prepare to get very excited when you clap your eyes on this gruesome lot…

Adam Beyer | Agoria | Alan Fitzpatrick | Bart Skills | Dense & Pika Live | Dubspeeka | Dustin Zahn
Geddes | Happa | Harvey Mckay | Joseph Capriati | Len Faki | Mark d’Ground | Max Cooper
Mr G Live | Nina Kraviz | Paul Woolford | Reset Robot | Scuba

Starting at midday the party takes place at Tabacco Dock (superb choice LWE and Awakenings!) and runs til 10.30pm. Now Halloween may seem a long way off but these tickets will sell out fast!

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