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!
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…
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
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
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
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
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.
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…
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.
We’ve teamed up with our buddies over at LWE to give you a chance of winning a pair of tickets to THREE of their forthcoming events. Not one. Not two. But three. Aren’t we nice?
The tickets up for grabs are to the following events:
28th February – Mixed Series | FCL, Kidnap Kid, Zoo Look
6th March – LEAF Club | Tale of Us, Sasha, Pan-Pot, Anja Schneider (and more)
28th March – Mixed Series | XXY, Trus’me, Pional
The events include two from LWE’s Mixed Series – a showcase of artists that represent the evolving and eclectic sound of house music with an event on the last weekends of February and March. And, one making up part of the London Electronic Arts Festival (LEAF) at London’s Tobacco Dock, where LWE are throwing a huge 3-arena day party with one badass techno line up.
We’re super excited to be able to offer you a chance to win tickets to these events. This week the tickets up for grabs are for the Mixed Series with FCL, Kidnap Kid and Zoo Look. To be in with a chance of winning you just need to head over to our FACEBOOK PAGE, give us a like (if you haven’t already), and leave a comment on the LWE competition photo tagging the mate you would take. Simples.
We’ll announce the winner from random on Friday 27th February at noon and the winner will two free guestlist spots! Nice.
Good luck x
If you’re not feeling lucky and you would much rather get your tickets now then follow the links above to the event pages! Next week we will open up the competition to the LEAF Club party…! Watch this space.
It’s not every day that you get to party in the same studio where Disclosure, Jessie Ware and Julio Bashmore all recorded their debut albums (Julio’s is forthcoming this year). But that’s exactly what us and a load of other people got to do just last week to celebrate the release of B. Trait’s RED BULL STUDIOS mixtape.
Two years on from Volume I (Toddla T), BBC Radio 1 DJ B. TRAITS scoured the country and commissioned nine underground artists to each create a brand new track which she then mashed together for mixtape volume II (full track listing below).
The track listing is as eclectic as you can get, covering electro-pop, techno, grime, post-dubstep, reggae and house. The 9 artists, which include Drew X Hill (behind this top tune) and Lewis Boardman, played to a packed out party in the Red Bull Studios which served as a pre-party to XOYO where the party continued and also where B. Traits will start her her residency series in April.
If you fancy a listen of the mixtape then head over to the Red Bull Studios web site where you can DOWNLOAD it for free and keep for ever and ever. Enjoy!
=^..^= Tracklisting =^..^=
Hodge – Click Bait
DrewXHill – Blue Steel
Lewis Boardman – Psycho
Palace – Eden ft. Tabanca
Inkke – Mmm Yeah ft. Novelist
The Attic Project – Wide Asleep
Anushka – Waterlillies
Fatlion Hi Fi – Pay Your Way
Thology – Dawn
The underground electronic music scene in the UK is on fire a the moment. Each weekend we’re totally spoilt for choice for events and flicking through our calendar looking at all the things we’ve got coming up over the next few months makes us do a small excitement wee. Here’s a run down of some of the things we’ll be going to. Get yourself a ticket, come along and dance the night/day away with us…
Convergence 2015 // 12 – 21 March // London
Convergence was a big musical highlight for us last year so we stoked to see the programme of events looking just as exciting this year. The music + art + technology festival takes place in venues around London including Royal Festival Hall and Kachette on Old Street. Expect live performances, new music, spontaneity, collaboration and one-off experimentation. We’re especially excited for the opening party (12 March) featuring Clark, Vessels (live), Rival Consoles (live), Luke Abbott and the Boom Room Launch Event (16 March) featuring Andrew Weatherall, Eat Lights Become Lights, White Noise Sound, Saycet, Mental Overdrive, Clara B& Ben Osborne. There is so much to get stuck into and definitely a bit of something for everyone. Check out the Convergence website for the awesome schedule and to book up some tickets before they go:
Hotflush presents…Reflexion at Steel Works // 28 March // London
Scuba’s label Hotflush returns to London for the first time in over a year to present REFLEXION, a new concept putting members of the core roster alongside artists who reflect the deep, forward-thinking philosophy of the label. The head honcho is joined by the excellent Dense & Pika, Function (one part of Sandwell District) and Jack Haighton (Hotflush label manager and Berlin DJ stalwart). ‘Claustrophobia’ Scuba’s freshly announced fourth album is due out 23 March so expect to hear tunes from the release including the banger below.
Love Saves the Day // 23 – 24 May // Bristol
Bristol’s biggest annual party is back with a strong eclectic line-up. The Saturday is headlined by Jessie Ware along with loads of great house artists including Bodhi, George Fitzgerald, Gorgon City, Julio Bashmore, Leon Vynehall and Kidnap Kid. The Sunday is headlined by Azealia Banks and hosts a great selection of artists from grime to garage to techno; EZ, Four Tet, Daniel Avery, Wiley and Floating Points to name a few. This is one fun-packed festival guaranteed to be full of happy vibes!
Gottwood // 11 – 14 June // Gottwood Forest, Llanfaethlu, Wales
We’re super excited for our first taste of the wholly independent, electronic music based festival which is now entering into its sixth year. Set in a mystical fairytale-like woods the line-up so far is shaping up nicely. It includes, Craig Richards b2b Ben UFO, Move D, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Midland and our talented friend Aiden Doherty. It’s going to be a real treat. Tickets are on the final release, get yourself one before they sell out…
We’re going to be spending Valentine’s Day with our true love…electronic music of course! We’re heading down to the nifty OVAL SPACE in Bethnal Green for part deux of the clubs new event series ‘Ovation’, a series focused on live music. The night sees Dystopian label/party collective founder RøDHåD top the line-up with Panorama Bar resident RADIO SLAVE; also spinning will be DJ DEEP and RNDM. Boundary pushing trio FJAAK complete the line up with their hardware only live set which will span classic techno, power house bangers and breakbeat.
The club itself has had an overhaul for 2015 which sees new seating/relaxation areas, an amphitheatre layout, a wider choice of drinks at the bar and permanent late night food and coffee options. The lighting has been fully re-designed and sound has been enhanced; even the toilets are getting an upgrade. We’re excited to check out the new features and you can find out what we thought later this month as part of the Lomax Radio show and write up.
Get in the mood for the night with this nicely compiled playlist.
We mentioned earlier this year that we’re going to be teaming up with LOMAX RADIO and getting involved with the show a little bit. The show focuses on the London underground techno scene and will include club night reviews as well as some banging new techno tunes. The next episode is in! – stream below – and you can read the full review of the night just underneath.
| the night in review |
On Friday 23rd January, although the weather and time of year would have you imagine otherwise, the streets of East London’s Shoreditch were busy and spirits seemed to be high. The wind and rain tried in vain to chip away at the morale of the large crowd stood outside of the venue but the ever-present heartbeat of the bassdrum emitting from the walls to our right stood as a constant reminder as to why we were braving the elements. The Superstition team at Village Underground had combined with Berlin based Sweat Lodge Agency to bring some serious talent to town in the shape of Chymera, Oliver Deutschmann, Ed Davenport and Work Them Records head honcho Spencer Parker; subsequently I and many others wanted to be a part of it!
Upon rounding the corner of the entrance you walk immediately into a huge cavernous space lined with exposed brick work, candles, and, filling the space in front, a sea bodies swaying in unison amidst a fog of dry ice. Ahead of them energetically plying his trade was Mr Work Them Records, Spencer Parker. Fresh off the back of his label’s show case the week before at Panorama Bar in Berlin, Spencer took us all on an absolute masterclass. A genre barrierless performance smoothly flitting from driving techno, to house, to disco and back again all done with great gusto and without ever relinquishing our attention. There is such honesty in the way he plays and without wanting to sound pretentious, it is truly captivating. You can tell that he genuinely loves the music he is playing and chatting briefly with him after only confirmed that. He has the air of man who genuinely loves his job and rightly so. For me, there were plenty of hands up moments during Spencer’s set but it was his closing track that really was the pinnacle of the night; Joe Claussell’s remix of Radiohead’s ‘Everything in its Right Place’ had the place in an absolute frenzy!
Moving perfectly from Mr Parker’s set into a darker and more menacing sound, Ed Davenport followed. Laying down a solid set of tough, rolling techno that resisted the huge breakdowns but instead maintained a steady momentum. With plenty of tension and drama in his sound he effortlessly retained the attention of the floor and began his two-hour journey, which took us through to closing.
A highly recommendable event and venue with a good level of polish and attention to detail on the production without losing that raw element you need from a quality underground venue. The collaborations and bookings that Superstition is making is a testament to their refined taste and knowledge of the scene. Be sure to check out the next Superstition event which sees a collaboration with Token Records. This means we will see Lucy, Inigo Kennedy, Ø Phase, Kr!z and Ctrls gracing our city with their presence and it’s all happening once again at Village Underground, this time as a day party on Sunday 15 February RA | facebook
If you intend on heading down, make sure you seek us out to say hi, we’ll be sure to give you a shout out on next month’s show. We hope to see you there.
Lenny, Nicola, Leigh and Nat