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This was my first night at The o2 Academy, Brixton. I can safely say it won’t be my last. As is often the case with a house night in Brixton, the crowd, music and general vibe was all of the highest order.

Homegrown talent wAFF set the ball rolling with a lively first set of the evening.  Tobi Neuman followed and really got the party going as he got deep with some good old minimal tech.  Argentine master of the live sets Guti stepped up at 12.30am and the crowd quickly filled the dance floor of the main room. With a darker lighting, Guti brought it down a notch (for about 10 minutes…), playing a mix of old and new releases. There were some unexpected gems including a live version of Guti’s huge hit ‘Hope’ (DEFECTED) which was an obvious crowd pleaser. As an open admirer of Loco dice, Guti seemed to relish the honour of playing just before the main man.

Loco tormented the crowd like nothing I’ve heard or seen before. Loco’s stage presence was unmissable (in case the beautifully lit red diamond wasn’t enough!). After a gentle build up, Loco soon tore the roof off! Loco Dice showed flashes of brilliance throughout his two hour set as he always does. One drop that jumped out at me was his mix of the hip hop classic, ‘Step into a world’ by KRS. The way in which such a classic from a totally different genre could be so well represented in this environment emphasised Loco’s monster talent. The only criticism I have of Loco Dices set is that it wasn’t 6 hours!

Frenchman Paul Ritch (live) had the pleasure of stepping up to a wild crowd. With a shorter hour set, Paul’s set was a crowd pleasing, baseline fuelled performance. People seemed reluctant to leave the dance floor as the main room gradually filled with a sweaty, smokey mist.  As Monsieur Ritch gave way to yet another German legend of techno, Chris Liebing, the night took an even darker, minimalistic approach. With another unique and clearly definitive sound, I would like to think this won’t be the last time I see Chris strut his stuff. One of Chris’ better known songs, ‘Auf und Ab’ was an utter delight even for those struggling to keep up as the night came to a close.

Used + Abused is exactly how everybody in attendance must have felt as they left this show (if not then most definitely on Monday!). This was one hell of a night and if it is to ever return to London or even the UK for that matter, it’s a must!

words | Max

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This Easter Bank Holiday Loco Dice, the man behind the almighty Desolat label and Used and Abused residency at Ibiza’s Ushuaia is back in Brixton with one sick line up at the Brixton O2 Academy.

Dusseldorf’s Loco will be joined by close friends and very well respected DJs from across the globe for one of the UK’s finest Easter raves. Representing the UK and with the first set of the night is the talented wAFF. Following wAFF is the infamous Tobi Neumann and then at 12.30am, Argentina’s Guti will be the perfect warm up for the main man.

Loco will then play a 2 hour set that will no doubt steal the show and will be followed by French maestro Paul Ritch. With emotive soul and a distinctive sound this live set will be something of a spectacle. With records on numerous labels including Drumcode, Sci+Tech and Nic Fanciulli’s Saved, it’s clear to see why this man is lined up to carry the party after Dice.  Finally closing the evening with a bang will be Germany’s Chris Liebing. This legend of the techno scene is well known for creation of the ‘Spinclub’ which he opened in 1994. Chris also hosts his own weekly radio show as well as labels CLR and Spinclub Recordings. Chris’ unique sound is something not to be missed.

There will be three other rooms open as well as the main stage mentioned above. The Foyer hosted by Random with play just to some great talent such as Tristan Ingram, Matthew Styles and Hector, among others.  Circle Bar will be hosted by London Beloved featuring Emery Warman and Sikztah and many more and the VIP area will be hosted by Cue Events Vs Vibe. Sets include Miguel B, Benton King and Little Jonny, with more to feature.

This event has sold out and there will not be tickets available on the door. Judging by recent experiences of nights hosted by Loco Dice, this will be a night of sophisticated, sexy house. Deep, minimal tech is on the cards and I for one cannot wait!

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words | Max

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Our most read post of 2013 was our review of Kölsch’s album ‘Kölsch 1977′ (read it here). It’s also one of our most loved and played albums here at TTK HQ, so we were stoked to see Rune Reilly Kölsch play live in London town last week. Will Taylor and Dolan Bergin did a smooth job of warming up the crowd who were all jostling to feel those warm fuzzy Kölsch chords fill the room. On stage Kölsch’s energy was infectious and he bounced around clearly in his element, artfully creating beats and melodies. The sound was clear, bold and passionate and filled the dancefloor with his signature emotive take on electronic music. I was in a mesmorised happy dancing-trance and the rest of the crowd were there with me. Kölsch kept us guessing and switched it up between the well-loved classics and some new exciting material (excited to hear more about that). Kölsch you rock!

thanks to the very talented Luke Dyson let us share his lovely photos | check out his website here

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we’ve dug out another superb Kölsch Live set for your listening pleasure…

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Convergence is a music and technology series taking place between the 18-27 April in the heart of London with a whole host of venues across the city hosting talks and gigs, including Shoreditch venue (and one of our favourites) Village Underground.

The series is hosting some impressive events and there’s some notable milestones; Bleep is celebrating their tenth birthday with a one-off show with Fuck Buttons, Mount Kimbie and Fennesz at the Barbican; Booka Shade are marking the 100th anniversary of the first electronic music concert and Jacques Greene & Koreless will be playing a live show at St John-at-Hackney church. There’s also some exciting talks and exhibitions which include ‘The Photography of Music’ by Bleep and a programme of talks curated by Mixcloud with speakers from The Guardian, Mixcloud, VICE and more.

The focus of the series is on those who use technology to innovate and look to develop unique ways to express their art. Curator, Glenn Max says, “Convergence will celebrate the restless spirit that propels the ongoing dialogue between art and technology. It is an opportunity for like-minded people interested in the convergence of art and technology to come together and recognise a shared sense of optimism and acknowledge the collaborative spirit that carries music into the future.” Which all sounds really rather exciting to us.

One not to miss!

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ahadadream presents ikonika

Ahadadream DJ/Producer/Nasty-FM-Presenter is hosting his biggest party to date at Plan B in Brixton on Saturday 26th April and we’ve got a pair of tickets to giveaway! Headlining is Hyperdub’s Ikonika, expect driving drums and sub-bass with thoughtful melody. Support comes from new talent Akito (check out the mix below for a flava). It’s going to be a night for working up a full-on sweat on the dancefloor #NoHeels!

WIN a pair of TICKETS!

All you gotta do is likey the FB post here and tag the mate you’d take!

(the winner will be picked at random and announced Thursday 24th April)

Ahadadream presents…IKONIKA | facebook event | tickets £5 ADV £8 OTD

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Dimensions festival

There’s nothing like a second line up announcement to give you a kick up the bum into making those all-important Summer festival decisions. Dimensions today let us all in on who else they’ve got joining the party in Croatia at the end of August, and it’s an exciting roll-call…

Daphni | Robert Hood | Ben Klock | Marcel Dettmann | Tama Sumo | Theo Parrish (live and DJ)

They join our highlights from last year Roman Flugel and Move D as well as Motor City Drum Ensemble and Petar Dundov (who we were so looking forward to seeing last year on his home soil but got cancelled due to rain!). Here’s a moody Dundov classic for your listening pleasure…

more info and tickets here

words | Rose

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Inspired by the old-skool free-party early-rave days of yore, new festival ‘One Day’ invites you to escape the city for the longest day of the year. Limited to just 500 tickets, the line-up is thoughtful and includes artists who don’t often grace the UK with their presence. The daytime sees Tom Trago, Hunee, San Proper and Maxi Mill get things started, passing the baton on to Marcus Worgull, Sven Wiseman, Konstantin Sibold and Jacques Adda to take us through to the morning. Situated in the countryside near Stevenage (25 minutes on the train from London), the festival will be providing free shuttle buses to the station every 30 minutes so getting home couldn’t be easier. Add into the mix BBQs, cocktails, fresh air and sunshine* and you’ve got a winner in the day festival stakes.

*(fingers crossed, not guaranteed!)

ONE DAY takes place on Saturday 21st June | more info | second release tickets are £20 here

words | Rose