ME & HER | INTERVIEW

MEandHer Techno Kittens

ME & her  are a DJ/production duo with a residency on Ibiza Global Radio.  They’re making waves in the underground techno scene and their latest EP was released Monday on Berlin imprint OFF RECORDINGS. The pair are also about to embark on a tour of Europe and India which includes a few dates at the revered Off Sonar parties. We caught up with the ladies to find out more about them and their music…

Hi ME & her, thanks for taking the time to chat to us! How is 2015 treating you so far? We see you’ve got a number of gigs in Spain and Switzerland in the next few months as well as an upcoming India tour – you must be pretty excited for all of that?

2015 has been amazing for us so far, although there were some quiet moments in the beginning of the year.

We used this time to produce new releases and now we are excited to be back on the decks for a great summer season. We love the summer and playing openair gigs. We also love traveling around the world, seeing new places, meeting new people. It’s important for us to bring our spirit to a new crowd through our music.

So what’s the techno scene like in India?

As we’ve never been to to this huge country we dont really know what to expect, but we only hear good things about india. But some DJ colleagues told us in advance that it will be an amazing experience. So we are ready to explore India and the underground scene. It seems the scene there is growing more and more each year and the people are open for our style.

You’re also playing three dates at Off Sonar later this month and you were there last year too. Sonar is on our bucket list of festivals, particularly as it’s in Barcelona and we both really love that city! Is it a festival you enjoy playing?

We love Barcelona. A very great and charismatic city and we always enjoy playing there. Sonar, especially the Off-Sonar showcases & events are a very good opportunity to meet up with our labels & with our DJ colleagues, promoters and bookers from all over the world (it’s like a family gathering for us). Its crazy to decide and coordinate schedule of playing, partying and socializing so its almost not possible to attend to every party but this chaos brings up the possibility to meet new people & artists and to discover new acts and music.

Your latest release on OFF Recordings is due out on Monday – a 3 track EP called ‘Lost’. We’ve had a sneak peek of the EP and we absolutely love it – its packed with dark, melodic techno sounds that tick all of our boxes. Is this a sound that you’re going to continue to push out? Have you got any other releases in the pipeline?

Thanks a lot! Yes that’s definitely the sound which defines us and as well it’s the sound we love and feel. The EP is perfect to show the both side of us, the emotional part in ‘Lost’ and the groovy forward going techhouse / techno influences that you will hear in ‘April’ which actually covers our melodic & dark side.

We have 4 new EPs in the pipeline and a single track release on a major label compilation, but unfortunately we can’t tell you more at the moment. But we are very excited and looking forward to reveal it soon.

A little documentary is also coming. We had a video filmer that joined us for a weekend and it will give you some insights how we are on stage and in our private life.

We’ve read that you’re determined to cement yourselves as underground techno DJs and that you have even declined larger, well paid commercial bookings so that you can focus on the more intimate and raw techno gigs. We like your approach and it’s nice to see DJs that stay true to their sound and don’t sell out, however do you think this will be harder to do as you continue to grow from your success?

To be honest, last year was a very important year for us. We were struggeling with ourselves and we tried a lot of things out to find out what we really want to achieve with our music. We just realised that we prefer to do art and play shows which we truly enjoy and at the moment we prefer to play our intense techno sounds. In this scene we are not that established right now to earn big fees.

To make clear, everything which is becoming popular is on one point commercial. We just don’t want to play gigs right now, where people expect a different sound than the music we are producing and releasing at the moment.

With our productions we never orient ourselves on the latest charts. It’s nice to enter them with our own style and our kind of music but we focus on productions that we will play in our sets, so we can put our hearts fully into it.

We’re big supporters of the ladies of the techno scene! We have a lot of love for Anja Schneider, Nina Kraviz, Miss Sunshine and more… which artists have influenced your sound and inspired you to create your music?

Jen: I grew up in the harder Techno scene of Leipzig, Berlin and Brandenburg (Germany) where I got influenced by acts like DJ Rush or Ferry S (really heard stuff … hahaha). Yeah it was a great time for me to experience hard techno beats with dark vocals or synths infront of huge soundsystem walls. I actually learned a lot from these genres for producing our own stuff. There was the female frenchcore act Sonnotek from France who really inspired me to make my way within a male dominated music scene. I always admired her courage to be on the lineup with all the male acts.

Phuong: I have to say that I’ve got influenced by many musicians of different styles like Pink floyd, D’Angelo, Dennis Ferrer to name a few randomly. The former was a big inspiration for me. My father had a great vinyl selection and I loved or still love their LP ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’. And there is one special song from the Cure calls ‘Lullaby’ which really got me from the first time I heard it and I always wanted to create my own music to touch other people as well and to share those moments with them. So combine the dark, spherical techno sound of Jen and my melancholic, a bit old school heart-touching sound of mine – that’s ME & her 

As resident DJs of Ibiza Global Radio do you visit the white isle much? What’s your favourite club on the island?

Ibiza is indeed a magical island for us. Not only for good music, people and parties but also good restaurants, wonderful beaches, beautiful landscape and some secret hidden gems. We are going to Ibiza every year and it’s our dream to live there in the next few years. We play at Blue Marlin in June and have played at Sankeys last year. We would love to play more often.

Our favourite locations are Ushuaia Ibiza, DC10 and Space. So we hope to get on the line-up of one of these venues in the future. Time will tell….

As well we are friends with Ibiza Global Radio and Sonica Ibiza. So you will hear us there for sure more often in the next few months.

And finally, if you were both techno kittens for the day what would you get up to?

We would probably jump around and do some kitty stunts and hunt after birds, mice and dogs trying to provoke them. Thank god cats have 9 lives 😉

Thanks ME & her!
‘Lost’ EP is out now on OFF Recordings | buy it here
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BEHIND THIS WALL BAR

Behind This Wall Bar

This lovely sunny weather means we can take our party game outdoors! Outdoor drinking and outdoor dancing have to be pretty much the best things ever right?! With a slew of outdoor bars popping up across London this summer you’re probably looking for the newest, coolest, most underground outdoor bar of them all…let us introduce BEHIND THIS WALL.

Behind This Wall is a part of East London club OVAL SPACE. They’ve pimped up the terrace space to the side of the club, overlooking large gas holders and the back-streets of Cambridge Heath (so urban). It’s been decked out in style using recycled materials, such as palettes used as holders for home grown salad leafs and herbs, and the tiles and decking give off an Ibiza vibe.

We kicked our visit off with yummy cocktails, made with fresh juices and garnished with rosemary, whilst enjoying some funk and disco being spun by the DJ. To fill our bellies we tucked into pork and chicken from then BBQ. All the meats are cured for six days and ours were deliciously tender and tasty. The food was a real winner.

Behind This Wall is not just a bar…

  • Mondays will see workshops from Ableton Live and guest supper clubs,
  • Tuesdays will host Voga (vogueing + yoga – guest DJs spinning 80s tunes whilst you stretch),
  • Wednesday is Terrace Film Night, focusing on music documentaries and shorts,
  • Thursday night is Record Stores on the Rotary – vinyl store staff let loose on the mixer,
  • Fridays host The Sub 120-Club, music policy strictly sub 120 bpm

It’s a great unusual spot with a nice vibe, delish food and some interesting events. A perfect way to spend sunny evenings. Well worth a visit!

Behind This Wall is open 1st June – 30th September, Mon-Fri 12:00 – 00:00 daily and selected weekends |facebook | twitter | Instagram

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AARYON | KITTENCAST 03.15

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Aaryon is an artist that we’ve followed for a few months now. Having launched his producer alias late last year, Aaryon has pushed out a number of impressive releases with a dark, techno sound on the brilliant STEYOYOKE imprint (read our interview with the label here) and has also featured recently on a number of Steyoyoke albums. We’re big fans of his music and the label, so we’re really honoured to receive a mix from him.

Kittencast 03.15 is is laced with deep, dark melodic techno cuts – typical of Aaryon’s sound and one that we are certain that you are going to enjoy.

As always download, listen and share.
Aaryon / soundcloud / facebook / twitter

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Unreleased – Promo
VVEEAA – Przed Latem (Original Mix) Parquet Recordings
Sasch- Teenage Lovers (Sandro Golia Remix) Exotic Refreshment
Unreleased – Promo
Khen – Arnica Montana (Original Mix) Parquet Recordings
KatrinKa – Echo Gnomic (Just Her Remix) Charapter 24
Alexey Union – Paris Trip (Original Mix) Dear Deer
Unreleased – Promo
Thomas Schumacher – Freiburg (Original mix) Electric Ballroom
Solee – Phoenix (AKA AKA & Thalstroem Remix) Parquet Recordings

THE SOCIAL FESTIVAL

The Social Festival 2015

Now in its third year, The Social Festival curated by Nic Faniculli, has pulled together the best UK underground line-up we’ve seen this year, hands down – take a drool at the names on the image above. The one day-er takes place in sunny Kent on the 12th September and, we’re sure there will be lots of cool visuals and yummy food vans but, with a line-up like that you’ll be going for the music and the music will be bloody good!

Tickets are still available at £44.50 + £4.45BF but book fast as they will sell out fo’ shizzle!

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GROOVE ARMADA | LITTLE BLACK BOOK (MODA)

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GROOVE ARMADA are an institution. They’ve evolved, adapted and their music spans decades. They were even the first act to get Nicola into electronic music. Not many acts can make such bold claims.

Fans of the duo will rejoice in news that they have just pulled together a brand new album for Jaymo and Andy George’s MODA BLACK imprint – their Little Black Book. It’s a musical melting pot– part compilation, part album and part remix album, featuring eight brand spankin’ new GA tracks and ten exclusive remixes.

If you register on the MODA BLACK WEBSITE you can get your hands on a free download of their new track ‘Get on the Floor’ which features the sublime vocals of Cari Golden (if you recognise the name, you’re probably thinking of THIS). The duo even threw a free party last night with the Moda boys to celebrate the launch and we headed down (who doesn’t love a bit of Thursday dancing?).

Check out the promo vid below and make sure you sign up on Moda’s website!

 

JAMES LE ROUX | GOING IT ALONE (IGLOO RECORDS)

James Le Roux - Going it Alone

I want to give a shout out to an album that came out last month that I’ve been super enjoying. ‘Going It Alone’ is the debut album from UK artist JAMES LE ROUX. It’s melodic house neatly produced with lush layers of trippy sounds, beautifully composed builds and just a proper real nice quality to them; something a bit other-worldly like we’re all having a rave in the jungle in Avatar.

Track 4 ‘Going Alone’ is the biggie on here; dreamy melodies with emotive percussion and a perfect groove. I’m also a big lover of ‘Anybody From Everybody’. This lad has got something special!

buy it here on beatport | stream below

FIELD DAY 2015 | OUR PICK OF SATURDAY’S ACTION

Field Day 2015

It’s now less than two weeks until East London weekend-er FIELD DAY. It’s our first festival of the year so we are well excited, well ready and well up for some big music!

One key draw is the festivals eclectic line-up. It puts together one of the most forward-thinking line-ups out there and is unafraid to champion lesser known artists. Of course, we’re more inclined to head to the dance tents but we’ll also be taking the opportunity to wander, explore and open our ears to something new. We’re going to be hitting up the Saturday; here’s our pick of the electronic stuff:

  • Caribou | fresh and always one to push the boundaries, we’re excited to finally catch Caribou live
  • Clark (Live) | for some real serious mean techno from a master
  • Daniel Avery b2b Andrew Weatherall | these two mighty DJs are guaranteed to deliver one hell of a set
  • John Talabot | for dance floor explorations and hopefully a few favourites too
  • Klaves | excited for the bouncy house sounds of this producer – bring out the sunshine!
  • Marcell Dettmann b2b Ben Klock | for when we want to thrash it out Berghain style
  • Ten Walls (Live) | we haven’t seen Ten Walls play before and are intrigued to see what he delivers live
  • Todd Terje and The Olsens | with the support of a live band, expect feel good disco vibes
  • FKA Twigs | for her great live show and ethereal, unique pop music

Other non-electronic things we’re excited about include:

  • Hackney Colliery Band | a brass band who do a Prodigy medley….sounds interesting
  • All of this Belongs to You, V&A at Field Day | drop in workshops to teach you about ‘how to get the most out of your camera phone’
  • Village Mentality | caus games, rides and silliness is always fun

Who/what’s top of your list to see? Tweet us your suggestions @technokittens

Keep an eye on our twitter (@technokittens) and Instagram (@TKnicola) throughout the day for updates, pictures and what we’ve been loving!

Saturday at Field Day is close to selling out | grab one of the last wave of tickets priced at £66.45 (incl. all fees) here

Field Day 2015 line-up Saturday

TRACKS WE’RE DIGGIN’ 2DAY (BUMPER EDITION) | 21.5.15

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Tune after tune after tune in this bumper playlist…

        1. Padre Ft Jova | Chasing Mirrors (Christian Löffler Remix) – Gorgeous & dreamy. We love the chopped vocals
        2. Jekyll | The Gardener (Original Mix) – Minimalistic electronica with a bouncy bass
        3. Butler & Bontan ft. Vula | Live My Life – Dance floor filler, real house banger with sassy vocals n’all. BOOM.
        4. Irregular Expression | Philip Glass – Delicate piano & soft beats – smooth
        5. Plastikman | Ask Yourself (Angelo Lomelo Remix) – Warping, thudding techno sounds
        6. Roland Klinkenberg | Musicalife – Atmospheric, echoing sounds – this one has a lot of depth
        7. Nicole Moudaber | Her Dub Material – Deep & dubby from this techno queen
        8. Sasha | Ether – Sasha adds another dance floor filler to his catalogue of many
        9. Hayden James | Something About You – Feel good house vibes ooze from this summery track
        10. Akase | Rust – Midland’s alter ego and a step away from his bassy club sound
        11. Rob Etherson | The Z List – Acid vibes!.  This one is MASSIVE!
        12. Spartaque | Molly Hates This – Serious techno sounds from this track. Phwoar.

CRAZY P | WALK DANCE TALK SING (WALK DON’T WALK / !K7)

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I’m a long-time lover of CRAZY P. Their hazy disco-house sound is fun, likeable and distinctive, and, their gig at Koko, Camden in 2012 was the first gig that Leigh and I went to together and a beautiful friendship blossomed (not romance in case anyone was wondering!). Their new album ‘Walk Dance Talk Sing’ delivers 11 solid Crazy P tracks – there’s not a dud on here. Their funk, soul and rock infused blend of house remains intact but there’s a distinctly more romantic and dreamy vibe.

The 5-piece band, fronted by glamorous babe Danielle Moore, has now had twenty years’ experience of making music and working crowds. With the ‘funk sound’ now having a moment in the mainstream, 2015 could be a big year for the band who are now comfortable in their own skin but also unafraid to try new things. They perform a bloody excellent live show too!

Highlights from the album include; ‘Cruel Mistress’ an emotive and melodic house belter, ‘Something More’ blue-sy with knock-out vocals, ‘Walk Dance Talk Sing’ for sassy attitude and ‘Hear My song’ sweet and bouncy disco funk.

With a Crazy P album you can stick it on ten years after it was released and it will get everyone shimmying and not sound dated. I have rinsed Crazy P albums by the pool, at house parties, on my headphones and on dreary Monday mornings to give me a boost. I think they’re ace. ‘Walk Dance Talk Sing’ is another great addition to their already extensive discography. Add it to your collection and dance in the magical disco dust sprinkles!

Walk Dance Talk Sing is out now | buy it here and stream the snippets below

EINMUSIK | I.D.C (EINMUSIKA)

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We love melodic electronica.  It’s for that reason that we love Berlin imprint EINMUSIKA. They consistently deliver the musical goods and this, their latest release, will set your endorphins free.

Titled I.D.C., the nine track LP is the 4th album from founding father EINMUSIK and its packed with more emotive electronica than you can shake a stick at. The album builds with momentum with an overarching, deep-minimalistic sound that’s echoed by other labels such as STEYOYOKE. My pick of the album has to be ‘Sleep Talk’ – a pulsing track with oscillating synths that’s laced with the soft vocals of Valentine. The strings and driving bass line of ‘Dawn’ makes this an uplifting, feel good track – something that Kolsch fans would really enjoy. ‘You’ is a collaboration with Jonas Saalbach and brings a melancholic feel to the album with minor chords and atmospheric sounds. The penultimate closing tack ‘Parthey’ features piano jams and bouncy bass which brings an unexpected house vibe to the album but sets up the energetic closing track ‘Symmetry’ nicely.

I.D.C is released on 29th May on EINMUSIKA.