We kick off 2016 with a bang as we invite COPILCO to the decks for the first Kittencast of the year.
This year the focus is on new artists. With a characteristic style of atmospheric deep techno blended with elements of electronica and IDM, Copilico is the perfect choice to kick off our 2016 series. We’re doing things a little differently this year as we’ll be asking the artists to explain their track listing, giving them a chance to share their experiences and stories surrounding each selection and giving you greater insight into their style.
Copilco shares his name with an area of Mexico City, the place in which he was living when he began to produce electronic music. Now based in Germany, Copilco spends his time in the studio and signed his first EP ‘Abyss’ to Berlin imprint New Port Records in 2015. Copilco’s Kittencast delivers one hour of hefty techno cuts, so listen and read on as Copilco gives you the inside scoop on our first Kittencast of the year.
=^..^= TRACKLISTING =^..^=
1. Etapp Kyle – Lotos (Original Mix)
Opening a set is always tricky. The first track sets the overall atmosphere and Etapp Kyle is my not-so-secret weapon of choice. Haunting, deep, bass-heavy with some really interesting, evolving synth-lines.
2. Several Definitions – Intro (Original Mix)
Though I’m really into deep & dark sounds, I always bring in an element of euphoria. This track is a perfect example of catchy, uplifting vibes that still fit into a deep techno set.
3. M.A.N.D.Y. – Gizmo (Original Mix)
Now let’s get physical 😉 I don’t know how they do it but somehow M.A.N.D.Y. can do a really weird rhythmic track that you just can’t get out of your head for days.
4.Ranacat – In My High feat. Itsa (Dean Demanuele Remix)
I discovered Dean Demanuele through a radio show, hosted by Einmusik. Dean provided a guest mix with only original tracks and this hypnotic beat caught my attention. Yet I mainly use it as a transition or background track for live-remixing.
5. Petar Dundov – Synchrotronic (Original Mix)
If there’s a master in terms of song structure and arragement then it’s Petar Dundov. What I particularily like about this song is its playful approach. It just feels dense & light at the same time.
6. Alan Fitzpatrick – The Tetra (Original Mix)
This might be the most annoying clap sound in the universe. But it just always cuts through and lifts up the whole set. When the beautiful melody kicks in, it blows you into a new dimension.
7. Dense & Pika – TEX (Original Mix)
I’m a big fan of contrast. So after a melodic tune you will often hear something rough and dirty in my sets. Dense & Pika managed to create one of the most original-sounding tunes ever. Yet it somehow integrates seamlessly in almost every mix.
8. Acronym – 16 Cygni (Original Mix)
This Stockholm-based producer is one of my all-time favorites when it comes to deep techno with a haunting, ghostly atmosphere. 16 Cygni almost gives me shivers when I drop it in a dark club.
9. Recondite – Cleric (Original Mix)
To me, this guy is one of the most talented producers ever. I picked Cleric because it’s really different from his recent releases (which I love as well). This track shows that he’s capable of producing a wide range of electronic music. It’s all about attitude rather than genre.
10. Pangaea – Pob (Original Mix)
This one’s really refreshing. Pangaea manages to stick out of the mass by using original, glitchy sounds that come out of the speakers and hit you in the guts.
11. Thomas P. Heckmann – Welt in Scherben II-1 (Sven Schaller Remix)
The whole “Welt in Scherben” approach is unbelievable. What a great concept! If you listen to this track, you’ll understand why techno is a rather timeless (yet futuristic) musical statement. The Sven Schaller remix is a true peak-time blessing.
12. Terrence Dixon – Return Of The Speaker People (Kausto’s Sudden Aphasia Mix)
The day aliens land on earth, I will be welcoming them with exactly this song. ‘Nuff said.
13. Zenker Brothers – Phing (Original Mix)
I’m from Munich, Germany, which is also the Zenker Brothers’ homebase. Their label Ilian Tape is currently redefing and shaping breakbeat-techno. To me, this track is among the best they’ve released so far.