LEAF | REVIEW

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LEAF | 06.03.2015

Last Friday we headed down to the day one of the London Electronic Arts Festival (LEAF); conversations. Held in the stunning Tobacco Dock the warehouse’s upper floor was the perfect setting for the event with the airy rooms set up for various talks and demos. When we arrived Nile Rodgers had the largest of the rooms completely packed out for a full three hours, it was so packed we couldn’t get in (our fault for being late) so we wandered about getting our bearings and checking out the Native Instruments room set up with hardware and software for anyone to try out.

The first talk we caught was The Ambient Revival; a discussion on ambient and it’s place in the current electronic landscape. The panel discussed the call for the return of the chill out room (a campaign fronted by Mixmag), we’ve got to say they could be on to something there – yes, London clubs have chill out areas but we need some tunes in there too to complete the vibe.

We caught some of Busy P discussing his time managing Daft Punk then headed over to see B.Traits State of Mind talk. We developed a crush on the very cool Professor Fiona Meacham who is pioneering drug testing in UK clubs. The discussion focussed around how to make clubbing safer for all parties involved and we were really impressed with promoter Simon Denby’s (Percolate) attitude to the issue and the steps he’s taking at his nights, such as by providing on site medical vans. It’s a highly interesting and sensitive topic that could be discussed for hours and the Q&A section certainly threw up some interesting characters. It was great to see promoters, artists and researchers coming together to pioneer practical solutions.

Our last call of the day was at Dusky’s production demo where they stepped into Logic Pro to show us some of the elements behind their killer tune ‘Inta’. Here we were given an insight into how the percussion, bass, strings and piano sections were composed and the various add-ins and filters were applied to give it that distinctive Dusky sound. The duo charmed the crowd and answered questions from budding producers who were keen to learn more, sharing tips on mastering and the use of plug-ins. Even if you weren’t a producer and had no idea what they were talking about half the time, it was a rare chance to get up close and personal with the Dusky boys and gain an insight into their dynamic and sound.

This was an excellent event; meticulously organised, cool crowd, good vibes. Brought together by our love of and interest in underground electronic music, we explored, listened and learnt in great company. If you love the scene you will love this event.

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LEAF CLUB | 07.03.2015

Our pals went to LEAF’s day party, LEAF CLUB the following day and had good things to report back.

“As always the venue was great. LWE have got the organisation at Tobacco Dock down to a T, from entry and lockers (no need to queue for cloakroom!) to capacity and flow. The event was busy but not too crowded, especially the main room which had lots of space to dance and we really can’t emphasise enough how important this is for a good party! Highlights had to be Pan-Pot who delivered their usual energetic and bouncy style, Chris Leibing, who, despite the previous warm up sets, played dark and hard in true CLR style, and Modeselektor…blowing the amps several times but still keeping the crowd wanting more! Our one criticism? Please stock your bars more guys! Other than that, we can’t wait for the next party here!”

Track of the night below…

TRAFFIC SIGNS & JAKE THE RAPPER | COOKIE JAR (POKER FLAT)

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This cheeky track will have you strutting about singing about cookie jars. It’s from Steve Bug’s playful Traffic Signs moniker, back after a 10 year hiatus. Vocals and attitude come courtesy of Berlin legend Jake The Rapper. Joyce Muniz’s remixes strip down the vocals for a darker dancefloor ready take. A fun, slightly retro sounding track with lots of personality. Could lend itself well to all sorts of remixes we thinks.

out now – buy it here

TRACKS WE’RE DIGGIN’ 2DAY 10.03.2015

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This weeks’ diggin’ is for the house heads, whether melodic, deep or UK be your thang, we have a thang going on for you. Hit play and nod your head away.

1. Jonas Rathsman | Wolfsbane – a big beast of a melody and great intensity for the dancefloor
2. IYES | Crazy In Love (Ben Pearce Remix) – Ben Pearce gives Bey a deep and dirty workout
3. IF/ELSE | Amli – floaty synths and some catchy glockenspiel action
4. Suffix | Come With Us – twisted vocals and sweet sounds
5. Carlotek | Visceral – bouncy house with a pretty melody that will have you jammin’
6. Kid Crème & Jolyon Petch | Look For Me – a big fun slap of poppy UK house
7. Anthony Kalabretta | Roll Into The Ocean – bubbly frothy sounds with nice vocals
8. Cotton Claw | GRAINY – sctratchy sounds twisted and turned to rather lovely effect
9. Jonas Woehl | Stockholm – a big moody melodic number
10. Kölsch | Cassiopeia (Villette Remixxx) – totally delish remix of a totally delish track
11. Roman Kov | On One – something dreamy and lush to finish up with

PRIMAL | BOUNDARIES EP (JUST THIS)

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JUST THIS is a new record label from the crew at Milan based label HUNTER/GAME. An extension of their scene-shaping loft parties Just This will focus on music that pushes boundaries and encompasses art and sound.

The premier release comes from icelandic producer PRIMAL. ‘Boundaries’ features a unique mesmerising melody which warps melancholically over a shuffling bassline, dripping in drama and atmosphere. CHRISTIAN LöFFLER’S remix of the track is airy, twinkly and uplifting.

Primal’s second original track on the EP ‘Hurricane’ is experimental, full of instrumental sounds and synths. The remix from LULU ROUGE is moodier with a focus on building melodies.

An interesting EP from an interesting new label. It has to be about ‘Boundaries (original mix)’ for us, it’s got a really strong sound and we keep going back for more.

out now – buy here

LEAF CLUB | TICKET COMPETITION

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The London Electronic Arts Festival (LEAF) is taking place this Friday 6th March and Saturday 7th March. Saturday is LEAF club – a showcase of some of the biggest names in techno & house playing across three rooms at London’s Tobacco Dock. It’s a day time rave (everybody loves a day party!) and features massive names such as Tale Of Us, Sasha, Chris Liebing, Anja Schneider and Pan-Pot. Oh yeah.

We’ve got a pair of tickets to give away for LEAF club and it’s real simple to win them – just head over to our facebook page and comment on the LEAF picture tagging the name of the mate you would take. Simples. We’ll pick the winner from random and announce 5pm Friday. Good luck!

More details & tickets to LEAF club HERE.

NEMEA | BARE (PART 1) – FREE DOWNLOAD

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We have a beautiful track to give away as today’s Freebie Friday. ‘Bare’ radiates warm, delicate house sounds and comes from a talented underground producer that goes by the name of Nemea.

The release is part of a four track download series a new track will be uploaded every month.  Follow the download link to get the track for free and show your support.  More free music goodness coming soon…

Nemea | facebook | soundcloud

JONAS WOEHL | STOCKHOLM (LENIENT TALES)

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This release has already been out for a few months but I regret missing the opportunity to give it a write up. The whole Christmas period just got out of hand – too much festive cheer and it managed to slip to the bottom of my inbox. Anyway, excuses aside, what my revisit to this track should tell you is that it is one hefty release not be missed.

‘Stockholm’ is the second track of JONAS WHOEL’s ‘White Sheets’ album and released as as 2 piece EP with an remix from Atlantik.  It’s a dark and driving techno track laced with hats, claps and subtle bass elements which become more frequent after a gentle drop.  Atlantik has upped the tempo and developed the track into a melodic cut with pulsating electronic synths and bouncing chords.  It has something of a Jon Hopkins ‘Open Eye Signal’ feel to it.  A cracking release.

Stockholm EP is out now released on LENIENT TALES.

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.

ARTHUR OSKAN | LOVEBUG (CITY FOX)

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This track is stunning – oozing with warm melodic goodness it gives you a right big euphoric hug.  The latest release from ARTHUR OSKAN on CITY FOX is 2-piece EP but this track with its delicate melodic elements and thumping bass line is my favourite and will pick you right up.  It’s just a shame this clip isn’t long enough!

(you can grab the full release on Beatport though)

TRACKS WE’RE DIGGIN’ 2DAY 17.02.2015

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Listening to this playlist will give you big guns. Fact. There’s loads of good stuff in here so flex your musical pecs and press that play button…

1. Pirupa | Raw Deal (original mix) – energetic techno with a sublime groove and some ace percussion
2. Ramiro Lopez & Arjun Vagale | Prism (The Junkies Remix) – deep, melodic and thoroughly pounding
3. Dayne S & MANTU | Hanging Tree Remix – big lovely warm vibes
4. Jägerverb | Pomme – slightly wonky euphoric electronica
5. Disciples | They Don’t Know (Sirus Hood Remix) – big badass boppin’ bass
6. Niels Binias | Enabler – a nice bit of moody dubstep
7. Itoa | French Cola – tidy broken-beat jungle (check out the whole EP)
8. Plata | Kru – sugary sweet samples and a great use of rave horn
9. I N V O K E R | What We Have (You Can’t Take) – more 90s samples. working it
10. Disciples | They Don’t Know (Alexis Raphael Remix) – vocals you just wanna strut to
11. Hello Machines & Jeni | By Your Lover – poptastic house that will put a smile on your face
12. David August | Her Myth – totally dreamy FREE DL from Mr August – fully lush!