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


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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).


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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


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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?!

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


Some exciting dates for your diaries…

Simple Things


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.

more info and tickets

NYD 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.

more info and tickets


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 Brixton

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 


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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


cat in a bag

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….


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.

friday tickets | saturday tickets

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.



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.


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.


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

halloween outfit ideas


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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


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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