LONDON WAREHOUSE EVENTS X TECHNO KITTENS | TICKET COMPETITION!

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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.

RED BULL MIXTAPE VOL 2 | B. TRAITS

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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

 

 

CLUBBING FORECAST

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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:

http://www.convergence-london.com/

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.

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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!                               

full line-up and tickets

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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…

more info and tickets

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OVAL SPACE 2015-02-14

 

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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.

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Get in the mood for the night with this nicely compiled playlist.

LOMAX RADIO REVIEW | SUPERSTITION X SWEATLODGE @ VILLAGE UNDERGROUND

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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

You can catch me and all the rest of the Lomax crew at Oval Space on Saturday 14 February. We’ll be reviewing the event which features Rødhâd, Radio Slave, DJ Deep, FJAAK and RNDM  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

LWE PRESENTS: FUTUREBOOGIE IS 13

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Futureboogie is celebrating 13 years of throwing parties. Since beginning as a club night in 2001 Futureboogie is now a record label, booking agency and management company, as well as an international name known for putting on underground house parties in many a warehouse and at many a festival. That’s a lot to be celebrating about!

The 31st January sees them welcome a couple of old family crew members in the shape of MAXXI SOUNDSYSTEM and Christophe alongside new recruit Mark E- for a night of quality music at East London warehouse space The Laundry. We’re going to be heading down with the sole purpose of dancing our socks off to some storming underground tunes. See you on the dancefloor.

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Get some Maxxi flava with his rather lovely LANDR podcast from a few months ago:

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).