MEDIATE | EVERYTIME (LOVE & OTHER)

Mediate

MEDIATE are a young Manchester-based production duo consisting of vocalist Suzy Alexander and producer Ant Hickman. They have recently dropped their latest single ‘Everyime’ on LOVE & OTHER which follows on from their deubt EP’ Harder’ which was released on JET JAM earlier this year.

You may have seen the duo on the bill for venues such as Ibiza Rocks, Unkown festival in Croatia and just earlier this month at The Warehouse Project in Manchester. Their production is vocal focussed, feel good house with a warm garage vibe – something we’re certainly enjoying here at TTK! We caught up with the pair to find out more about Mediate…

Hey Mediate, you’ve released your latest single ‘Everytime’ on Love & Other which has already had huge support from the likes of Rob Da Bank, B. Traits and Reset Safari, congratulations!    Can you tell us what you’ve got lined up next or is it all hush hush?

We’ve got a release or two in the pipeline as well as some gigs. Other than that we’re just in the studio working on new material, remixes and putting together a live show.

You played Gorgon City’s Warehouse Project earlier this month with Kidnap Kid, Redlight and Bondax.  You guys hail from Manchester too so it must have been a huge honour to be playing at the famous Store Street venue?!

Playing at Warehouse Project was a dream come true. Coming from Manchester it’s the venue that everyone wants to perform at and it is always amazing to be in front of a home crowd. The lineup was pretty amazing! We’re very grateful to the Gorgon City boys for having us down and are looking forward to supporting them again in Leeds on 29th November at Canal Mills.

Surely you’ve been to your fair share of WHP parties over the years?

Yes! We know that they were great, from what we can remember anyway… When we heard it was moving back to Store Street this year  we were over the moon!

So where did you guys meet and how did you decide to make music together? How does the production process go – is it always a smooth one?

We grew up together, our parents live two doors down from each other! The music thing came when we were about 14/15 when we performed Drops of Jupiter by Train at a school assembly. Mediate grew from the branches of a previous project that we were involved in. Our sound represents and reflects our full range of musical tastes. As for production process, it’s very collaborative. We piece vocals and beats together and we have a very honest relationship.

You must spend a lot of time together in the studio and behind the decks – do either of you have any funny or annoying habits?

Mutually we sometimes get delirious in the studio sometimes and start talking like we’re MC’s…  Bound for the bound bound, for the reload….

And the question we ask everybody – if you were a techno kitten for the day what would you get up to?

We would love to roll around in some cat nip for the day…

You can catch Mediate playing alongside Gorgon City on 29th November at Canal Mills (Sold Out)
‘Everytime’ is out now on Love & Other |
buy it here

EP REVIEW: MATRiXXMAN – THE XX FILES

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San Francisco’s MATRiXXMAN is consistently pushing out some dancefloor delights this year. The So Wavey label head seems to have a knack of making a unique brand of dark warehouse music that is of the likes of Ghost’s on Tape, Kontact, and BoddikaHis new EP on New York label Fifth Wall is no different. The XX Files is six tracks of future-perfect four by four grooves that hold true to the American legacy of  Chicago and New York while incorporating elements of UK house and Garage.

The release boasts a bolstering six tracks, which are all talk and no filler. Every cut has it’s own distinct sonic texture to the point where the album could be split into two separate releases. The two strongest tracks are on the A-side of the record, “Case Closed” and “Credentials”. The Two tracks capture everything good about WBMX-era Chicago house, while still holding a seal of freshness around them. The Second half of the album holds a more granular percussive techno aesthetic akined to the new Techno and House crossover that some have dubbed Warehouse.

I highly recommend listening to the whole album preview below. The album is set for release on July 23rd.

Check out:
MATRiXXMAN
Fifth Wall Records

words || Cassidy

ALBUM REVIEW: FULL BODY WORKOUT VOL.11

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Vol.11 of the Get Physical ‘Full Body Workout’ series comes from Swedish house biggie Tiger Stripes. There are 10 original tracks from the Get Physical extended family all with a bit of that cool sexy Get Physical sound. There’s a real mix of tracks on here from the dark and twisted to disco flavoured floor fillers to bouncy UK garage. It features some nice artist hook ups with a lot of ‘vs’ going on, kicking off with label owners M.A.N.D.Y. and their mate Julian Ganzer with ‘Japan’ a track which also features on ‘M.A.N.D.Y. Presents Get Physical On Ibiza’. In another great pairing Audiofly vs. Big Bully ‘I’ll Telll Ya (Coat Of Arms Remix)’ is deep, moody and atmospheric with a catchy bass line. Quite a few of the tracks are dark, twisted and warped and perfect for sweaty club corners like Julia Govor & Thierry Tomas ‘Nobody’ (creepy laughter and vocal samples), Ahmet Sisman & Nico Lahs ‘Whatever You Want’ (sexed up gyrating) and Balcazar & Sordo ‘Sacrifice’ (dangerous). Tigerskin & The Lazarusman score a dancefloor winner with ‘What is Real?’ a jumpin’ track with a big squelchy warping bass line and hip-hop and electro influences. JOHNWAYNES ‘Worth It’ features intergalactic warbling over a nice groove and really kicks in the middle to take you on a twinkly star filled space ride. Mark Deutsche & Musoé feat. Nick Maurer ‘Give Yourself’ takes a romantic turn with 80’s synthed-up vocals and an epic ballad feel where as penultimate track from Someone Else ‘Mr. Dance feat. Adeline’ turns on the funk for a disco inspired twirler. The best is saved for last though, UK boy James Silk ‘Please U’ has got a big helping of that UK garage sound we love and a big baddass booty shakin’ bassline, diiiirty.

So as you can see a bit of everything and lots of mighty fine production from a class label. It certainly has the potential to get you pretty sweaty and it’s pretty damn summery too. A good party mix!

out now – buy it here

Also check out: http://www.getphysicalmusic.com/

IBIZA – PLAN BE RE-OPENS THIS SEASON

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You may remember Ibiza venue Plan Be launched last season but was sadly shut down after its opening party. Well now it’s back and opening its doors for the entire season after the licensing issues from last year are sorted!

Plan B is an exciting addition to the island and somewhere we were hoping to visit last year as they promised to make it about the people and the music once again and not about commercialising the scene! We’re told that over the last 12 months as well as working with the authorities they’ve been working with architects and specialist sound engineers so their weekly events will be going off without a hitch.

From Friday 12th July, Plan B will open its doors weekly with the events running from 6pm until midnight and will feature some quality resident DJs as well as some very special unannounced guests – their opening party last year featured Russ Yallop, Wildkats, Infinity Ink and Alexis Raphael. Kicking off this Friday they have Bushwacka and a special secret guest from Hot Creations.

We’re excited to see what Plan Be brings to Ibiza this season – it’s gonna be huge. Viva Plan Be!!
Be sure to follow them on facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/plan.be.ibiza

BEN HOO REMIXED

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We featured Ben Hoo’s excellent album ‘Collected’ on TTK a few weeks back (read our review here). One track from the album ‘Run of Sevens’ has now been given the remix treatment by four of Hoo’s friends, producing some nice results. Our favourite of the four comes from Vaal (below), a stripped back glitchy minimal version with playful percussion and a sultry jazz vibe. There’s nearly 8 minutes of epic build up and atmospheric piano here which we’d love to hear out at a festival this summer. We’re also enjoying the Stefan Cordery remix, a deeper, darker club ready version.

listen to all the remixes and buy here

buy ‘Collected’ here

We’ve got an exclusive FREE DL of Vaal’s remix below…grab it while it’s hot!

PAUL WOOLFORD – UNTITLED

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Paul Woolford has scored a big winner here. Out on Scuba’s label Hotflush today ‘untitled’ is a glorious house track filled with soulful vocals and catchy keyboard work giving it an old skool vibe. It’s already been making serious waves on the dancefloor and the crowds are going to go crazy when this one is dropped at festivals. Possibly the biggie of the summer 2013…what do you think?

buy it here

TRACKS TO SOOTHE YOUR MONDAY HEAD

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Young producers Orikami have made another helping of blissed out chillwave.

Hailing from Michigan, Shigeto is a producer making experimental electronica with warm synth sounds and jazz-influenced arrangements. His latest track Ringleader is out now on Ghostly Records.

Box of Luca’s latest track is a remix of the score from his favourite video game TES Oblivion. Pretty.

The debut single from Londoners Subculture Sage is ‘Overly Dead’. Laid back hip hop beats and nice melodies. These guys play dj sets too and you can catch them a Secret Garden Party later this month.

And finally  a joyous and romantic video made by Les Gamins for a sweet, glitchy track from CRi.

THE FLYING CIRCUS COMES TO IBIZA

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Some nights still haven’t kicked off yet in Ibiza, one of which is Flying Circus, a party brought to you by Audiofly. Kicking off next Thursday and running through til early October expect house and techno and a real mix of cutting edge live acts including Matthew Jonson, Benoit & Sergio and a special PA from regular Martin Buttrich. Born at the WMC six years ago Flying Circus’ moto is ‘One Love’ which is reflected in their diverse and interesting line-ups. Here goes:

Friday 12 July (Opening Party) – Basement & LAB: Carl Craig, Audiofly, dOP live, SIS live, Dance Spirit live, Arado. Spektrum hosted by French Kitchen: Rodriguez Jr., Philip Bader, Sucré Salé, Iban Mendoza

Friday 19 July – Basement & LAB: Audiofly, Steve Bug, Amirali (live), Konrad Black, Geddes, Marco Faraone. Spektrum hosted by Cityfox: Lee Jones, Markus Lindner

Friday 26 July - Basement & LAB: Audiofly, Benoit & Sergio (live), Mathew Jonson (live), The Waves (Maayan Nidam & Cesar Merveille – live), Maher Daniel, Sascha Sonido. Spektrum hosted by Cityfox: Remy, Wouter De Moor, Stefano Richetta

Friday 2 August - Basement & LAB: Audiofly, Lee Burridge, Martin Buttrich (live), M.A.N.D.Y., Hot Since 82,Fabio Gianelli, Marco Faraone. Spektrum hosted by Maison Detre: Gel Abril, Ultrasone, Anthony Middleton

Friday 9 August - Basement & LAB: Audiofly, Tiefschwarz, Daniel Bortz, Konrad Black, Finnebassen, Special Case, Alex Dolby. Spektrum hosted by Fact: DJ Herr, Andre Buljat, Dokser

Friday 16 August - Basement & LAB: Guy Gerber, Audiofly, Blond:ish, DJ Tennis, Tom Trago, Pole Folder, Miss Jools. Spektrum hosted by Goa Rome: Silvie Loto, DJ Red

Friday 23 August – Basement & LAB: Audiofly, Lee Curtiss, Agoria, Maayan Nidam, Finnebassen, Ali Nasser, Marco Faraone. Spektrum hosted by Scissor and Thread: Frank & Tony, Bob Moses (live)

Friday 30 August – Basement & LAB: dOP live, Martin Buttrich (live), Hot Since 82, Luca Bacchetti, Avatism (Live), Den Ishu, Ugur Yurt. Spektrum hosted by Fact: DJ Herr, Javi Sampol, Jordi Angulo

Friday 6 September - Basement & LAB: Audiofly, Steve Bug, Robag Wruhme, Blond:ish, Finnebassen, Ultrasone, Marc Faraone. Spektrum hosted by Arma17: Abelle, Rayo, Andre Zots, Piticu

Friday 13 September - Basement & LAB: Little Dragon (DJ Set), Audiofly, Benoit & Sergio (live), DJ T., Avatism (live), Pole Folder. Spektrum by Supernature: Droog, Robbie Akbal, Luca Saporito

Friday 20 September - Basement & LAB: Audiofly, Tiefschwarz, Amirali (live), Guillaume & the Coutu Dumonts (live), Tone of Arc (live), Fabio Giannelli, Khaan. Spektrum hosted by Nofitstate: Geddes, Simon Baker, Luca Saporito

Friday 27 September - Basement & LAB: Audiofly, Carl Craig, Premiesku (live), Blond:ish, Droog, Tofke. Spektrum by La Rocca: Joeri, Neon, Alec

Friday 4 October (Closing Party) - Basement & LAB: Audiofly, Lee Burridge, Lee Curtiss, Clarian, Acid Pauli, Hector, plus very special guest TBA! Spektrum hosted by Labyrinth: Arado, Alex Dolby, Tofke

There are lots of our favourites on that line-up. It’s definitely set to be one of the coolest parties at one of the islands most underground clubs!

For more info and tickets get on the Flying Circus FB page

EP REVIEW: GEM_DOS – CONSTRUCT

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Monday saw the release of GEM-DOS’s  4 track EP titled ‘Construct’ on Clubstream Green.  The first track, ‘When The Dust Settles’, gives you a taste of GEM_DOS’s signature downtempo melodic electronica, it features mellow vocals and an epic build up that gives it lots of soul and emotion. ‘The Brave’ is possibly our favourite track on the EP – warm, melodic and progressive with nice ethereal vocal samples. Next up ‘Breaking Out’ is a nod to the 80’s packed with synths, Hot Chip-esque vocals and another nice build up. The final track ‘Clear’ is tech-house scattered with squishy sounds, warm build ups and ends the EP on a nice chirpy note.

Two words we found ourselves using a lot about this EP were ‘warm’ and ‘progressive’ and that sums up the release nicely. Dreamy, melodic uplifting electronica is something GEM_DOS can nail!

stream below and buy it here

listen and DL GEM_DOS’s kittencast here

REVIEW: THE MEOKO PROJECT

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On Friday night we attended The MEOKO Project at Village Underground in Shoreditch, an immersive underground electronic music experience. We got there nice and early to take a look around and the setting was perfect, nice set-up, lighting and atmosphere in one of our favourite east london clubs. The photography exhibition was very cool, featuring some great shots of the underground scene from a couple kissing in a dj booth to strange goings on in bathrooms. There were some pop-up fashion stalls selling really unusual jewellery and clothing and a fancy dress boutique where you could get your make-up/face paints done, try on a glitzy outfit and have your photo taken (these will be appearing on the MEOKO website). The dancefloor was set up with various chairs and floor cushions making up a makeshift cinema for the London premier of documentary Beatz. We found a spot and enjoyed the complimentary Desperado’s, dim-sum (plenty of it yum) and popcorn whilst we waited for the documentary to start.

‘Beatz: Contradictions & Divergences in Electronic Music’ was introduced by its director, Spanish DJ and producer, Eduardo De La Calle, who explained that we were seeing a truly ‘underground’ version, that due to a few technical issues was still not quite finished and smoothed out. It was awesome to watch it in an urban setting and on a proper sound system because as you can imagine there were plenty of good tunes throughout. The documentary features interviews with 150 dj’s who talk about their opinions of the scene, broken up with shots of clubs and cities famous for their club scene. Some of the famous faces included were Carl Cox, Ben Klock, Apparat, Laurent Garnier, Carl Craig, Luciano, Derrick May and Seth Troxler. The main topic of discussion was ‘Where are we now in electronic music and what has changed since it all started 20yrs ago?’ There was lots of debate about vinyl vs digital with most tending to lean towards the vinyl side, and thoughts on ‘What is dj-ing and what makes a good dj?’.  There were plenty of strong opinions and it was really interesting to get more of an insight into the artist’s personalities and the variety of opinions out there. There was also a fair bit of negativity from some artists about the scene today and it was a shame to see they felt that way. It’s a thoroughly enjoyable and informative watch which poses the question ‘Where do we go from here…?’. After the screening there was a Q&A with Eduardo who was super friendly and has promised those who attended a dvd of the documentary once it’s finished to make up for it not being ready…very sweet. Watch the trailer below.

Find out more about Beatz here.

Unfortunately we had to get going shortly after, whilst the seating was already being whisked away to make space for the dancefloor and the party was kicking off. We had a great time and it was a really different experience to one usually have in Village Underground!! Nice one MEOKO…we look forward to the next event.

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