Ostwald plays the kind of moody, sexy techno we’re all about here at TTK. The London based DJ (and friend of the techno kittens) was born in London then raised all over Europe which comes through in his sound with influences ranging from Hardwax to Berghain to Trouw. Ostwald’s latest mix shows you what he’s all about – it’s mysterious, dark and raw, packed with throbbing techno belters. Get stuck in…available for free download too.
The next instalment of Lomax Radio has dropped bringing you little piece of the London underground techno scene. Hosts Gertie bring you a guest mix from the mysterious STRISC., rising artist on the formidable FLASH Recordings , tracks from Hans Bouffmyhre, MARCEL DETTMANN and Slam and review the recent Hotflush Recordings night. As always it’s an excellent show. If you’re serious about your techno you’ll dig this.
stream the show below #LR005
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
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.
Lomax Radio comes from our very talented friends Gertie. It’s an outlet for their recorded sets and will also feature podcasts and live sets from their favourite artists. They say this:
“The sound policy will encompass the full spectrum of club orientated Techno. Lomax isn’t for the chin strokers or those who wish to discuss the intricacies of the genre, its for those who leave their ego aside and love to immerse themselves in a moment. We hope to be able to bring a small piece of that mindset direct to you, wherever you may be listening from.”
Their first offering ‘LR001’ showcases some mean-ass dance floor killers; that Whyt Noyz remix! It’s an energetic mix from the duo that showcases their awesome taste in bloody good techno. We were fist pumping the air for the whole duration; 55 minutes of listening time extremely well spent. Stick it on below.
This mix from Blond:ish for Wunderkammer is getting us through Monday morning with ease. It’s a mellow selection of ‘ambient:ish’ cuts, still retaining the duo’s trademark tough-edge; it wouldn’t sound out of place as an indie film soundtrack. The tracks are pulled together with a big helping of l.o.v.e. and by the end you’ll be warmed up for your week. There’s a download link too – a good one for your collection.
If you’re looking for somewhere to party this weekend and you’re also in need of a decent mix to get you fired up then look no further – we have the solution right here.
Robert James has pulled together a delightful promo mix ahead of his fabric Room 1 performance this Saturday 5th July along with Richy Ahmed and Craig Richards. The mix is deep with and packed with some solid house grooves, as you’d expect from the producer who’s had releases on Crosstown Rebels and 2020 Vision. Enjoy!
It was recently announced that Tribal Sessions will be back at Sankeys Ibiza on Wednesdays from mid-May. This is very very good news for lovers of underground house. To get us warmed up, resident Darius Syrossian is hosting a monthly show on Sankeys Radio, ‘Sankeys Worldwide’, which features a mini-mix from Darius, some dancefloor fillers ‘Basement Bombs’, an interview with a house-hottie ‘Soap Box DJ’, some hand selected unsigned talent and a spin session with a guest dj matey. I have just listened to Episode 003 and am really impressed. It’s a perfectly packaged show and 1hr 40mins of your listening time thoroughly well spent. In this particular episode our buddies Soul Unbroken & Leousi have been selected for ‘Unsigned Talent’ with their track ‘Semper’ and it’s a bloody belter. Love that. Other big glorious tracks come in the form of Cera Alba ‘Zeno’s Paradox (Inxec vs. Droog Remix)’, how have I not heard this one before it’s a delight!, and future classic Harvey McKay ‘Lost’.
I enjoyed this show so much that I am now going to listen to episodes 001 and 002 back-to-back! Get involved.
We have a super special set selector for you today from Aidan Doherty, the guy behind London techno night ‘Warm Up’ which will be supporting the Max Cooper Album Launch Party on April 5th at London’s Crucifix Lanes. Ahead of this Aidan has pulled together an hour long mix of emotional techno which is pure melodic bliss. The mix will give you an idea of the sound Warm Up will be bringing to the Max Cooper night and will transport you to a dreamy, minimal world where techno seeps into you emotions. Or something along those lines – it’s a corker of a mix! Enjoy.
My oh my, Kidnap Kid is on fire right now and we’re big fans of him here at TTK (can’t beat his Alphaville EP). He’s just uploaded a recent mix he did for Thump/Vice and it features some corking sounds including two huge tracks taken from Gardens of God’s recent EP (which we reviewed here) as well as a good dose of his own work and heaps of other tasty tunes. Full tracklisting below. Enjoy.
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Lane 8 – The One (Klangkarussel Remix)
Simion – You & I (Betoko Remix)
Kidnap Kid – Like You Used To (Fur Coat Remix)
Adventures in Daydreams – Further Information
Gardens of God – Are We (feat. Egle Sirvydyte)
Marcus Worgull & Peter Pardeike – Lenoix
Gardens of God – Ys
Nils Nuernberg – The Morning Slap
Kidnap Kid – Stronger
Flight Facilities – Stand Still (Mario Basanov Remix)
Kiasmos – Driven
Codes in the Clouds – You Are Not What You Think You Are (Rival Consoles Remix)