John Barera

John Barera is a DJ, Producer and head honcho of Supply Records. He tends to favour an uplifting, lush and percussive house sound; as demonstrated in his superb track ‘Awake’ with Will Martin. His debut album (again with Will Martin), ‘Graceless’, is out soon on Steffi’s Dolly imprint. John is based in Boston in the US of A, so we thought we’d ask him to pick his top 5 tracks to come smack-bang-wallop out of the UK. This is what he picked:

S. Bicknell ‎| Untitled B2

Floating Points | ARP3

Surgeon | Atol

Nu Klass A | The Rhythm (S Gurley Remix)

Soul Capsule | Lady Science (NYC Sunrise)

Thanks for that very fine and classy selection John! A man with such good taste deserves a big squishy facebook like – do it here.

John Barera is playing Just Jack Halloween at Motion, Bristol on Saturday 01 November along with other house heroes Ame and Mano Le Tough | more info and tickets



Antenna Happy - Pinto EP

You can’t beat a piece of beautiful, melodic electronica; we could sit and listen to dreamy compositions for hours, losing ourselves in the floaty sounds and euphoric melodies. This track from Antenna Happy’s debut EP on Reinhardt Records is having exactly that exact effect. It’s oozing with warm happy sounds, soft beats and an uplifting melody that is just simply divine.

‘Pinto EP’ is out on Reinhardt Records 20th October (Digital) | get it here

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Caribou at Dimensions - Dan Medhurst copy

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

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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


african heart

Vo (Vishaal Odhav), is a producer from South Africa. We are really impressed with his track ‘African Heart'; a raw stripped back techno track with a hypnotic, thrusting rhythm. We’d love to see how the crowd move to this one on the dance floor. He’s not just a techno man however, he can do good house, good deep and good tech too – take a listen through the tracks on his soundcloud page. Neat productions. One to watch we reckon.

show Vo some cyber-love | facebook | soundcloud


i think i love you

The Other is Demian Acosta, and electronic, instrumental and orchestral music composer from Buenos Aires, Argentina. His latest track ‘I Think I Love You’ is irresistibly pretty. A gorgeous twinkling melody leads the track as The Other builds in layers of cosmic sounds which build from the gentle into a frantic, urgent climax. Totally mesmerising.

out now | buy here 

keep in touch with The Other | facebook | soundcloud | twitter


Lately we’ve been doing a lot of t-shirt shopping. Maybe it’s the change of season; need to freshen up our wardrobes. Here are five tees that we’ll be sporting in the clubs over the next few months (a mix of girls and boys garms).

1 | This tee is part of the Acid Drop Series in collaboration with A Guy Called Gerald. The exclusive designs are based on Gerald’s ‘Voodoo Ray’ – £23.99 | buy it here

voodoo ray

2 | Our faves Pan-Pot have a line of kewl techno tees in black and white. This is our fave – 38 euros | buy it here


3 | We often lust after the gorgeous artwork on Berlin clubbing mecca Watergate’s albums and now we’re lusting after this minxy tee – 29 euros | buy it here


4 | We could buy everything on the Millionhands website. They nail cool clubbing tees. Of course, we had to pick the ROGUE CAT x MILLIONHANDS Bat Cat Minty White tee obvs – £34 | buy it here


5 | Wearing this tee we can get into the taxi on the way to fabric and just point at our boobs. Might get a reduced fare too. £20 | buy it here


TRACKS WE’RE DIGGIN’ 2DAY | 03.10.2014

cats in space

This playlist of adventures in electronic music starts off with some tech, techno and beyond, then delves into a whole plethora of electronic sounds that will make your brain swirl around your head in a happy mush. Enjoy the trip.

1. Cedrik Yule | Level Up (FREE DOWNLOAD) – bit of a Minus feel to this one and nice samples
2. Culoe De Song | Y.O.U.D. – the latest release from Innervisions will create smouldering intensity on the dancefloor
3. Tapesh | That Noise – out on mobilee’s sister label Leena, Tapesh works in the funk with some whomp
4. Solar Rumble (T-Wrecks Bootleg) – a hefty techno smasher
5. Riverside & Ryuk | Faith – totally epic builds!
6. Ahoi & Cheers – Millennium (FREE DOWNLOAD) – big warping bass in yer face
7. Davidian feat Eli & Fur | Could Never – big emotive house tune out on Kitsune
8. mur masa | .. Girl – pretty playful sounds
9. Gold Panda | Clarke’s Dream (FREE DOWNLOAD) – big band loveliness
10. Anushka | Atom Bombs – the treacly soulful vocals are standout
11. Goldielocks | Moonbeam (FREE DOWNLOAD) – gorgeous fuzziness with a dreamy atmosphere
12. federleicht-be |01 Gemeinsam – beautiful layered electronica – adore – check out all 7 stunning tracks


Leftback 003

Nottingham based Leftback Records put out some lovely vinyl releases. Their latest, ‘Leftback 003′, is from detective duo Strangeways & McLardy (ok, they’re not really a detective duo but they should be!). ‘Kepler’ features a lovely hypnotic wind instrument (don’t giggle) and lots of exotic atmosphere. Flipside 1 ‘Backwash (OCH Remix)’ is a well-crafted house number with some nice dark dubby sounds. ‘Backwash (Orginal Mix)’ has a warmer dub sound and some nice dancefloor-ready builds.

out now | buy it here

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