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MASSE music by Henrik Schwarz, Dettmann | Wiedemann and DIN

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 12, 2013 by E.N.

masseA whole evening of contemporary dance which has been set up by three different choreographers is in need of three different sound producers. That’s the set-up of “MASSE“, the sound underlying the gesamtkunstwerk. “MASSE“ as a whole event has been triggered by renowned state ensemble Staatsballett Berlin and Club Berghain right in the centre of the german capital. Plus there’s even more to it: The Staatsballett and Berghain access new territory by staging “MASSE“ at the huge “Halle am Berghain“, a former combined heat and power station besides the club. The painter Norbert Bisky has been chosen to create the stage design. At the core of the dance night lies a tryptichon made out of pure sound: the music of Henrik Schwarz, Dettmann | Wiedemann and DIN was taken as the starting point for developing the choreographies.

Henrik Schwarz – Balletsuite #1 – Masse
Henrik Schwarz opens his suite with “Unknown Touch”, a dense exposition made from acoustic guitars and pizzicati strings floating on an atmosphere. The subsequent tracks let the bass lines wander amongst throbbing electrified guitars, both characterized by their clearly structured arrangements.

Creating a narrative break a synthesizer cuts into the groovy moves of “But Then I’m Different”, accompanied by a sighing violin. To top things off in the final track of “Balletsuite #1 – Masse“ a dreamy and summing-up house piano is aired. The solo piano ends with a quiet closing sequence slowing down the keys more and more to a final nothing.

Dettmann | Wiedemann – Menuett
Marcel Dettmann & Frank Wiedemann are also close associates of the Ostgut Ton family and are in charge of the second part, “Menuett“. Theirs is a 25 minutes long sonic-tryptichon: “Accelerando“ sounds like two space observation centers having a chat, while “Martellato“ is juggling the filters until the polyrhythm somehow transform into a circling movement. A syncopated beat and some shrewd filters bring light into “Spiritoso” – like fundamental electronic research into sound.

DIN – EVOLVE
DIN are Efdemin (Phillip Sollmann) & Marcel Fengler who created this new alias for “MASSE“. Similar to Dettmann | Wiedemann, the Berlin musicians utilize ever new parts of their machine park to create musical abstractions. Out of the humming virginal cosmos of “Creation” & “Variation” mid-range bass drums take shape until they poke a rattling rhythm pattern. In a similar way “Oscillation” first takes a bath in the primeval soup until the drums of an unheard-of tribe are arranged by an invisible hand to engineer a gentle flowing movement. This progression becomes more delicate in “Division” & “Generation” until it unwinds at the stage of “Conclusion” to fade out as a nocturne, urban touch. Given the different aesthetics of the producers that built “MASSE“, it’s uncanny and a pleasure to hear how its music as a whole shapes a fine sonic entity.

Artist Henrik Schwarz, Dettmann | Wiedemann, DIN
Title MASSE
Label Ostgut Ton
Release Date 10-June-2013
Format CD/ digital

Tracklist

Henrik Schwarz – Balletsuite #1 – Masse
01. Unknown Touch
02. Affect Structure
03. I Am Not Responsible For That
04. But Then I’m Different
05. When Things Are Difficult
06. Couple Are Strong

Dettmann | Wiedemann – Menuett
07. Part 1 – Accelerando
08. Part 2 – Martellato
09. Part 3 – Spiritoso

DIN – EVOLVE
10. (prelude)
11. Creation
12. Variation
13. Oscillation
14. Division
15. Generation
16. Conclusion

01. – 06. written & produced by Henrik Schwarz
07. – 09. written & produced by Marcel Dettmann & Frank Wiedemann
10. – 16. written & produced by Marcel Fengler & Phillip Sollmann (DIN)

Artwork to replace Martyn when Bloc comes to In:Motion

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Due to unforseen and impossible circumstances Martyn has had to cancel his appearance at Bloc as part of In:Motion on the 25th November.

However, to replace him we welcome Artwork. Along with Skream and Benga Artwork is the third member of the mighty Magnetic Man, who have been dubbed the first half step super group. He also part owned the prestigious Big Apple records in Croydon, one of London´s surburbs which saw garage mutate into dubstep.

As Magnetic Man they perform using three computers, one playing drum samples, one playing basses and the third playing leads and samples. Artwork controls the master laptop, to which the other two are synchronised via Midi. Their sets usually consist of a mix of original tracks produced together, and live remixes of Benga and Skream´s tracks. Artwork will be playing alongside Joker, Nathan Fake, James Holden, 2562 plus many more.

 

As the English winter dictates the end of the UK festival season, Motion’s solid structure resumes play indoors letting the spirit of the summer blossom into the winter months.

Nearing the calibre of festival status in scale, sound and energy, Motion continue their expansion into yet more areas of the huge sprawling skate park, with warrens leading to multiple separate spaces, all hosting their own unique party.  Their ever-increasing loyal fan base and extensive line-ups are being pushed even further into the double warehouse, as well as outside in the car park, which comes equipped with food court, heated seating area and photo-booth. With each turn you can get more lost in Motion’s wondrous world of entertainment and outstanding music.

November sees the Field Day team take the magic of the festival and transport it through the night to the raw and vast confines of Bristol’s Motion.  After delivering a sterling line-up this summer in London’s Victoria Park, they hand pick the best for their In:Motion date, where we can witness DJ sets from Friendly FiresErol Alkan and Glaswegian electro whizz kid Hudson Mohawke.

Over the last few years, The BLOC Weekend annual festival has become a compulsory destination for electronic music fans.  No other UK festival so vigorously and variously reaps the vanguard of underground dance music past and present quite like they do. Last year they invited down dirty bird Claude Vonstroke and Andrew Weather to fill Motion’s Tunnel, with his unique and compelling musical selection. Destined to better themselves from last year, they bring dubstep prodigy Joker, hot off the heels of releasing his album ‘The Vision’ and Border Community Nathan Fake, for a festival sized line-up in an inner city club.

Sven Vath’s Cocoon are to techno what light is to fire. They continue to touch thousands of people across every continent with their inimitable brand and unfaltering shows. With weekly parties at Amnesia during the Ibiza season, Love Family Park, Green & Blue festivals and Cocoon in the Park, Cocoon are becoming synonymous with huge scaling events with immaculate production. One of Europe’s leading labels, they bring German duo Tiefschwarz alongside Shonkyand Dyed Soundorom from the French contingent, all heading to the West Country to bring the magic of Cocoon to Bristol for one night only.

Futureboogie join up with the prestigious Red Bull Music Academy and exude a festival feel with live shows from Crazy P and Henrik Schwarz, plus a back room hosted by London’s disco mafiaHorse Meat Disco. Ramping things up on the production side are Just Jack, who for their Halloween show bring aerial artists, art installations, costume and make up stalls. Interactive character actors will be roaming and terrorising all night throughout the club, on the floor and hanging from the ceiling. The Gunpowder Plot on the 5th November brings an explosion of action with a firework display, bonfire and circus performers to add more flames to the fire.

Bristol In Motion continues to stage live music events throughout the winter months from October through to the end of December. Offering the finest in musical and performing talent from across the world to touch your heart, body and soul – eyes and ears.

 

UP-COMING PROGRAMME

 

Friday 18th November - ALL GONE PETE TONG: Pete Tong, Calvin Harris, Eats Everything, Retro/Grade, Deepgroove, Burns, Robert Dietz, Cesar Merveille, Waifs & Strays, Grahame Farmer Data Transmission & Farr Festival DJs.

Friday 25th November – BLOC: Subloaded, Joker, Artwork, 2562, Illum Sphere, James Holden, Nathan Fake, Fairmont Bloc: Jo Hart, Al Tourettes, Luke Vibert

Saturday 26th November  RBMA & FUTUREBOOGIE: Henrik Schwarz, Crazy P, Maya Jane-Coles, Julio Bashmore, Futureboogie DJs, Bonobo, Appleblim, Behling & Simpson, Horse Meat Disco, Lukas, Christophe

Friday 2nd December – HARDCORE HEAVEN: Darren Styles, Gamer, Evil Activities, DJ See, Call & Juice, Marc Smith, Kursk, Mark Eg, Klubfiller, Hixxy, Dougal, Mcs Storm, Whizzkid & Enemy

Saturday 3rd December – SHIT THE BEDFull Info Coming Soon

Friday 9th December – BEARDYMAN PRESENTS: Beardyman, Stanton, Warriors, Nu:Tone, Engine Earz Experiment, JFB, Captain Crunch & Stig Of The DumpTayo, Fabio, Zed Bias

Saturday 10th December – COCOON: Tiefschwarz Basti, Onur Ozer, Dinky, Guti, Gavin HerlihyDyed Soundorom, Shonky, Tom Rio & Dan WildKyle HallDave Little, Clare James, Matt Owen

 

The full line-ups can now be viewed on www.bristolinmotion.com 

Jesse Rose to release “Made For The Night””

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 25, 2011 by E.N.

Jesse Rose to release “Made For The Night”

Two disc set includes “Mixed For The Night” DJ Mix and
“Produced For The Night” Jesse Rose originals, remixes and edits

A brand for club life, a compilation series, club residencies around the world, a globetrotting DJ, a genre defining producer, a trend setting A&R. It all seems rather complicated, so let’s break it down.

The brainchild of Jesse Rose, ‘Made For The Night’ started life as compilation series that would provide a way for the listener to fully understand an artist. Not another remix compilation, ‘Best Of’ or overpriced single CD DJ mix, but an insight for the listener to understand both sides of an artist, both what they play in the club and what they produce outside of the club. The series will not just look at legends or
headliners but also the up and coming. Along with the compilation, comes a short documentary following the artist, the first in the series directed by Jules Audry.
From here Jesse decided that this should also follow into club night residencies around the world pushing a forward thinking night, not a label night that has to put on the artists on their roster but a night Jesse could really put his love of all sides on dance music into one place. Mixing artists is Jesse’s concept, wishing to invite friends such as Loco Dice, Radio Slave, label mates Oliver $, Riva Starr and Round
Table Knights alongside house legends such as Derrick Carter, Sneak and Cajmere to forward thinking new acts such as Axel Boman, then flipping it with artists such as Flying Lotus, Four Tet and L-vis 1990.

What better time for this all to begin than 2011, a time when people are done with one music all night long and at the same time are fed up with non-stop big tunes being played all night. When people can log onto the internet and be into a multitude of different things. Proof of this; Jesse is just as comfortable playing at L.A Sunday bash ‘The Do-Over’ alongside Gaslamp Killer and DJ Quik playing house as he is at Cocoon playing with Sven Vath and at both parties the crowd knows exactly what to expect from Jesse.

What you have to remember is Jesse Rose started out recording for Derrick Carter’s seminal ‘Classic’ label, created a scene with Switch that become the starting point for new scenes to emerge, from Ed Banger to Dirty Bird. Jesse then moved to Berlin and got deep holding residency at Panorama bar alongside Luciano,
Ricardo Villalobos and Cassy. With his labels Front Room, Made to Play and now Play it Down, Jesse took house into multiple directions, helping to create careers for the likes of Sinden, Riva Starr, Oliver $, Zombie Disco Squad, Trevor Loveys, Round Table Knights and many more.

Jesse also seems to be the kind of guy that always happens to be in the right place at the right time. Moving to Bristol as a teenager being brought up exposed to the rise of trip-hop and drum and bass by the likes of Massive Attack (in fact Jesse’s first club night at the tender age of fourteen had Daddy G from Massive Attack as his guest), Portishead, Roni Size, to trips back to London to see his father,listening to Kiss FM and being taken to shows by Giles Peterson, Cypress Hill and hanging out at the famous jazz club Ronnie Scots. By the time Jesse moved back to London at the age of 18, he had already created a good rep as a DJ, produced his first tracks, mixed a compilation for house label Subversive and was about to meet the producer that would change his life; Dave Taylor, AKA, Switch. The two started producing together and Dave pushed Jesse to step up his game and produce solo material. Jesse then became a regular, playing at the newly open Fabric club and had his own weekly Kiss FM show. From there Jesse brought his version of house to Berlin and was greeted with open arms by press, clubs and the general public, bringing something new to a scene that, at that time, was fully focused on minimal techno.

“Made For The Night” is Jesse’s first compilation since the highly acclaimed Body Language mix on Get Physical in 2007.

CD1 “Mixed For the Night”
Jesse takes the mood from deep, with the likes of Maya Jane Coles, &Me and Loco Dice. to chunkier house vibes with the likes of Zombie Disco Squad, Adam Port, Snatch and Filtertypen. Touching on a few summer classics, his favourites from the last year and some back in the day classics, the mix encompasses what might be heard over six hours in a club into just over sixty minute mix.

1. Henrik Schwarz & Jesse Rose – Stop, Look & Listen – Henrik’s Classical Version –
Unreleased Exlcusive
2. &Me – Empire State – Keine Music
3. Joel Alter – I Feel You – Bass Culture
4. Loco Dice – Don’t Make Signal – Desolat
5. Maya Jane Coles – Little One – 2020 Vision
6. Oliver $ – Granulated Soul – Play it Down
7. Axel Boman – Paris 2006 feat. Kornel Kovacs – Play it Down
8. Rafael Kakudo – Work – Clap Your Hands
9. Tony Lionni – Precious feat. Marvin Belton (Deetron Remix) – Freerange Records
10. Joe Goddard – Jump (Jesse Rose Edit) – Greco-Roman
11. Zombie Disco Squad – Pinky (Monkey Safari Remix) – Made to Play
12. Osborne & Anderson – Noho – Play it Down Exclusive
13. Prince Club – Body Holly – Snatch
14. Filtertypen – After Laughter – Yippee
15. Isloee – Brazil.com (Non-Radio Edit) – Classic

CD2 – “Produced For The Night”
Rather than taking the straight up obvious such as Jesse’s remix of Armand Van Helden’s ‘Playmate’, Jesse has highlighted his favourite moments from over the last decade from unreleased gems such as his remix of his production for Hotchip ‘Build A House’, to his super hard to get hold of mixes of T.E.E.D ‘Garden’ to classics such as Hardrive ‘Deep Inside’ and tracks that gave Jesse his name (A-sided and You’re
All Over My Head) and remixes of Claude vonstrokes ‘The Whistler’ and Hot Chip’s “Ready For The Floor.”

1. Jesse Rose feat. Hot Chip – Forget My name (Accapella) – Dubsided & Induceve
– Papillon – Classic
2. Riva Starr feat. Trim – Dance Me (Jesse Rose ‘Made in St. Lucia’ Remix) – Made to
Play
3. Hardrive – Deep Inside (Jesse Rose Play Late Mix) – Strictly Rhythm
4. Jesse Rose – A-Sided – Dubsided
5. Mark Knight & Martijn Ten Velden – A New Reality (Jesse Rose Remix) – 1Trax
6. Jesse Rose – Everyday This – Dubsided
7. Claude VonStroke – The Whistler (Jesse Rose Remix) – Dirtybird
8. Telepopmusik – Ghost Girl (Jesse Rose Remix) – Green United Music
9. Black Rose – Anthem – Made to Play
10. Layo & Bushwacka feat. Green Velvet – Life2Life (Jesse Rose Remix) – Olmeto
Records
11. Teed – Garden (Jesse Rose Remix) – Play it Down
12. Jesse Rose – Non-Stop Dub – Made to Play
13. Underworld – Holding the Moth (Jesse Rose Remix) – Underworldlive
14. Jesse Rose – You’re all over My Head – Dubsided
15. Hot Chip – Ready for the Floor (Jesse Rose Remix) – EMI
16. Recloose feat. Joe Dukie – Dust (Induceve Remix) – Peacefrog Records
17. Jesse Rose – Well Now – Dubsided
18. Content – No Refunds (Chi-Town Mix) – Junior Boy’s Own
19. Hot Chip – Build a House (Jesse Rose Remix) – Emi (Unreleased)

MADE FOR THE NIGHT TOUR DATES

MFTN Night – Friday 28th October – Warehouse Project, Manchester (UK)
MFTN Night – Saturday 29th October – Social Club, Paris (FR)
Monday 31st October – Pratersauna, Vienna (AT)
Friday 4th November – The Nest, London (UK)
Saturday 5th November – D Club, Lausanne (CH)
Thursday 10th November – Timbukt2, Bristol (UK)
Saturday 12th November – Watergate, Berlin (DE)

Made for the Night (Official Teaser)

Jesse Rose playing favorite records @ Robert Johnson Offenbach

HENRIK SCHWARZ & JESSE ROSE @ IL MURETTO (Jesolo-Ve) 30/07/11

Bristol In:Motion Announce Full Line-Ups 2011

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Line Up

Featuring Jamie XX, Jamie Woon live, Toddla T, Henrik Schwarz, Jamie Jones, Calvin Harris, Danny Byrd, Joker, Soul Clap, Annie Mac, Rusko

Plus brands Cocoon, Hospitality, BLOC, Bugged Out & many more

Details

  • Date:Fri 07th Oct – Sat 10th Dec, 2011
  • Time:10pm -6am
  • Location:Motion Skate Park, 74 Avon Street, Bristol
  • Price: Various

Tickets

The start of the UK party season this year is led by Bristol’s pioneering party starters In:Motion. A series of incredible events striking hot on the heels of last year’s triumphant first season, which tore a hole in the skate park come club Motion, spread across five rooms indoors and out. 2011 brings artists from all musical persuasions capturing everyone from the heroes of the scene to the rising stars and bringing all manner of brands from the electronic music community together to embrace all dimensions of the underground dance movement.

The peerless Hessle Audio make their debut for the In:Motion series on 15th October, standing head and shoulders above the rest with performances from Jamie XX and Jamie Woon. Jamie XX’s movements out of his band, The XX to DJ and remix artist have been well received with heavyweights such as Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, Florence and The Machine, and Canadian rap giant Drake. Jamie also released one of the anthems of the summer on NMBRs in the form of ‘Far Nearer’. Since Jamie Woon came onto the scene everyone has been scrabbling for the opportunity to see him live. His album debut ‘Mirror Writing’ saw him strike a terrific balance between convention and subversion, producing dubstep infused commercial tracks, alongside equally enigmatic and enchanting productions. Both of these artists are a rare sight in a club setting, but Bristol In:Motion’s festival atmosphere found within numerous intimate and vast spaces is an apt fit for these two sonic masters.

Bugged Out return for 2011 on the opening weekend on October 8th, bringing Jamie Jones, now a household name for a new generation of house and techno fans through his Hot Natured guise and Hot Creations label. It will have already been an amazing week for L-Vis 1990 & the Neon Dream who will have just released their staggering new album ‘Neon Dreams’ which features Para One, Teki Latex and Julio Bashmore. L-Vis 1990 (aka James Connolly) a London-based DJ and producer co-founded the groundbreaking Night Slugs imprint with Bok Bok. Also kicking things off in the first week is Fake Blood aka Theo Keating aka Touché. Under his many aliases, the man like Keating has produced some classics over the years remixing the likes of Underworld, Hot Chip & UNKLE. He’s become somewhat of a Bugged Out! family member and will bring his bass heavy bangers to the floor.  

Sharing the bill on opening weekend are firm friends and In:Motion family favourites Hospitality, who bring Danny Byrd, High Contrast and MJ Cole amongst others. Bringing together bass heavy music, an electrifying atmosphere and second to none production, Hospitality have grown into true titans of the scene, consistently bringing the best in show-stopping DJs from the constantly evolving drum & bass scene to a hugely faithful crowd. This summer they represented at the Parklife festival, ripped apart their own stage at Lovebox and set things alight at Global Gathering. D&B is back in Bristol, its spiritual home.

Sven Vath’s Cocoon, are to techno what light is to fire. They continue to touch thousands of people across every continent with their inimitable brand and unfaltering show. This December they will bring it to Bristol for the first time. The now iconic Tiefschwarz headline the show, exemplifying their playful talents for putting everything from electro to tech-house and slithering minimal under the scope and turning out consistently compelling sets.

Bristol’s own Just Jack bring Soul Clap on the 29th October to headline their highly acclaimed Halloween party The Gunpowder Plot which will be complete with circus acts and fireworks. The trend-setting American East coast duo leapt to fame through their relationship to the esteemed Wolf + Lamb family. This year saw them bridge new levels of notoriety through their special DJ Kicks album.

Moving back a little to November and BBC Radio 1’s Toddla T will make the crossing from Sheffield counties to blow the roof of Motion once again. Toddla T has firmly established himself in the last few years with production and heavyweight remixes for the likes of Roots Manuva, Hot Chip, Gorillaz and Tinchy Stryder and more, plus a DJ rep so strong that it bagged him a regular Radio 1 show.

Festival brands BLOC will join heavyweights Run and Bristol favourites Futureboogie, who bring the infamous Henrik Schwarz, ensuring there is something for every musical taste on show.

Add to that the incredible production team and a venue that verges on festival status with five rooms of varying calibre, and In:Motion’s second year is set to be bigger and better than anything else on the radar. 2011 sees improved sound engineering and facilities such as food court and photo booth.

Friday 7th October – Hospitality with Danny Byrd, High Contrast, Camo and Crooked, Netsky, Cyantific, MJ Cole, Dream, Mele, Tomb Crew,  Kito, Loadstar

Saturday 8th October – BuggedOut! with Fake Blood, L-vis 1990 & the Neon Dream, Boy-8-bit, Heidi, Jamie Jones, Bowski, Pariah, Waifs & Strays, Untold         

Friday 14th October – Shit the BED!  Caspa, Dark Sky, Ms Dynamite, Redlight         

Saturday 15th OctoberHessle Audio  Jamie XX, Pearson Sound, Jamie Woon – live

Friday 21st OctoberBlowpop  DJ Yoda, Plump DJ’s, Krafty Kuts

Saturday 22nd October  - FWD//Rinse  Zinc, Ez, Plastician, Roska    

Friday 28th OctoberTokyo Dub  Radical Guru, Jahtari & Soom T    

 Saturday 29th OctoberJust Jack Halloween Party  Soul Clap, Tale of Us, Shaun Reeves, Midland  

Friday 4th NovemberAnnie Mac Presents…

Saturday 5th NovemberGunpowder Plot Bonfire Night Party  Smerins,  Gentlemen’s Dub Club, Babyhead    

Friday 11th NovemberRun   Rusko, Andy C, Grooverider, Scratch Perverts  

Saturday 12th NovemberField Day Night  Erol Alkan, Hudson Mowhawke 

Friday 18th NovemberAll Gone…with Pete Tong, Calvin Harris, Cadenza Showcase    

Friday 25th November – BLOC  Joker, Martyn, James Holden, Nathan Fake    

Saturday 26th NovemberFutureboogie  Henrik Schwarz, Julio Bashmore, Maya Jane-Coles, Bonobo

Friday 2nd DecemberHardcore Heaven  Darren Styles, Gammer, Evil Activities    

Saturday 3rd DecemberShit the BED  Skream, Jack Beats – live, Arab Musik    

Friday 9th December – Beardyman, Stanton Warriors, Tayo

Saturday 10th DecemberCocoon Tiefschwarz, Dyed Soundorom, Oner Ozer   

 The full line-ups can now be viewed on www.bristolinmotion.com

Ben Westbeech new album There’s More To Life Than This+Summer’s Loss (Video)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 16, 2010 by E.N.

Henrik Schwarz, MJ Cole and Motor City Drum Ensemble are among the collaborators on the upcoming Ben Westbeech album, scheduled for release in April 2011.

The British producer/multi instrumentalist will release a long player, entitled There’s More To Life Than This, on the revamped Strictly Rhythm imprint. Other collaborators include Boston house duo Soul Clap, Lovebirds aka Sebastian Döring and Sonar Kollektiv mainstay Georg Levin.(via Juno)

coming soon http://www.benwestbeech.com/

Alex Smoke hospitalized for collapsed lung

Posted in News with tags , , , , on November 23, 2010 by E.N.

The Scottish producer is undergoing surgery in Melbourne and has called off the rest of his Australian tour.
Smoke was hospitalized for a collapsed lung following a gig in Melbourne this past weekend.
Read the rest of the story over on “Resident Advisor

Alex Smoke – Don’t See The Point / Henrik Schwarz Remix

Timo Maas -Balance 017 out October 18th 2010

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 25, 2010 by E.N.


TIMO MAAS
BALANCE 017
Label: Balance Music (Australia)
Cat. No. BAL001CD
Distribution: Republic Of Music (UK) / NEWS (Europe)
Release Date: October 18th 2010

Timo Maas is a master of reinvention. Emerging during the excess of trance’s heyday in the late ‘90s with his self-labelled “Wet & Hard” style that fused techno, progressive house and funk in a riveting futuristic manner, he quickly became the remixer du jour for both the club underground and the commercial big leagues. Paul Oakenfold signed up his debut album Loud for his Perfecto imprint – a modern classic that effortlessly bridged accessibility and raw dancefloor sleaze from electro to breaks to tech and hip-hop – with his second album Pictures sharing a label with the likes of Muse and Garbage. And let’s not forget that remix of Azzido Da Bass, which went on to inspire a generation of LFO-loving dubstep and bass producers. More recently, after a hiatus of a couple of years, he cast aside his chart-breaking fame and got back to his roots, re-embracing his love of techno, teaming up with Italy’s Santos in the studio and becoming a stalwart of Sven Väth’s scene-leading Cocoon Recordings, smashing everyone’s preconceptions of his work wide open. This period of resurrection saw the duo team up under the banner of Mutant Clan, again breaking down musical barriers and giving the world their warped version of techno.

Timo Maas is an artist who will succeed at whatever he puts his hand to, and his next move is always highly anticipated. Behind the decks, he packs one of the hardest punches around, pulling you inside his hypnotic world and creating sets that live, breath and thump as one cohesive, gargantuan entity. So dedicated is he to his craft that he’s built a club on his own land – a Funktion One-packed barn next to his farmhouse in Germany where he rigorously tests out his newest productions and finds. Only a DJ and producer as innovative, technically brilliant and downright loveable could be worthy of an undertaking as prestigious and lauded as the mixing of a Balance compilation. Fittingly, this is Maas’ first official compilation for 9 years.

“The format of the Balance mix series was always quite appealing to me; to spread myself out over 2 CDs without essentially having to “rock” a crowd from the beginning is a very good thing. I was able to also include deeper, downbeat, “earlier set” material, that I personally like to listen to, but am not essentially playing out on a normal club night. For me “the trip” is quite important to create, with a mix of brand new, even exclusive material, but also tracks that rock my world at the moment and most essentially have rocked my world for many years (the so called “classics”)” – Timo Maas

Maas draws us into his musical world with two sumptuous cuts of ambient electronica from his studio, before boldly grabbing our attention with Nicolas Jaar’s already-classic, woozy early morning anthem Time For Us. Disc 1 is all about displaying his melodic, charismatic, emotive side – the turgid electro pop of Vector Lovers, the lush disco licks of Toby Tobias and the tripped-out eccentricity of DJ Koze keeping you hooked, the tempo and rhythmic clout slowly building towards the middle of the mix. Jazzy pianos are drawn in, Maas reminding us that this electronic lark is not the be all and end all of music as the opposing tech house backbone becomes more prominent. Mathias Schaffhäuser’s The 1st Thing signals that Timo’s tech vein is starting to throb, with animal noises permeating the sexy wiggle of the track. A slice of classic Tenaglia ups the ante, and it looks like we’re set for a thumping finale – before the majestic, blissed-out melody of Carl Craig’s At Les pulses in, setting us up for a classy and experimental closer which sees Maas and Santos collide with Elgar and William Orbit.

“The basic rules off DJing haven’t really changed for me. Of course the technical possibilities have, but in the end, it’s all about the selection of music you play – not about the technical skills you’re having when you’re on stage.” – Timo Maas

The second act makes no attempt to disguise its intent, laden with thudding kicks, plenty of rolling percussion and the intricate attention to detail that peppers his sets and productions. It’s largely comprised of works from him and his colleagues from his quirky new label Rockets & Ponies, with numerous exclusives across both discs in fact. Elements that don’t always reveal themselves at first listen are stacked all around this mix – intricate layers, trickery in the stereo field, unearthly effects and chiefly, hefty groove throughout. At first tracks come thick and fast – more sexy Maas magic, into some wonderfully deep Kenny Larkin, before the mix begins to unwind and take its time about things. Things start taking a turn for the weird, clearly revealing Timo’s love for “tripping the ass out of people” – his remix of We Fell To Earth’s Lights Out showing tinges of the ‘70s psych rock that he and Santos while away hours in the studio to, and eerie sci-fi sounds crawling all over the place. Eventually the psychedelic feel subsides, giving way to the blissful melody of Alex Dolby’s re-rub of the Rockets & Ponies anthem Chinese Massage, and the mix then dips down once again into deeper territory before unleashing a torrent of acid filth. Timo’s Lost Veteranos project appears with the gnarly, industrial intensity of It’s Wronger, before a classic 303 double-header from Emmanuel Top and Hardfloor bangs you into submission, taking you back to a wonderfully simple but no less impactful time. A sprinkling of magic dust rounds off this heady compilation in the form of his own epic, unreleased version of Placebo’s typically yearning Ashtray Heart – a fittingly powerful finale.

It was quite an intense process spread out over 4 month to listen, re-listen, collect and choose the music for my Balance CDs. I don’t know how many tracks I was listening to with my “compilation ears” – maybe a few thousand – and thanks to my amazing production partner Santos, I was even able to fill spaces on the mix with the right tracks that we wrote in the production process just for Balance. Nearly everything exclusive was road-tested over the month before I mixed it too. I’m very happy with the result.” – Timo Maas

Balance 017 – Tracklisting

CD1

01 Timo Maas – Morning Beauty *
02 Timo Maas – A Day After George **
03 Nicolas Jaar – Time For Us (Original Mix)
04 Dana Bergquist & Peder G – Acapulco (Sasse Remix)
05 Solvent – Loss For Words (Vector Lovers Remix)
06 Random House Project – The One For Ever (Toby Tobias Dub Mix)
07 Phattivan – Man From Ternopil *
08 Deetron – Sing
09 Mathias Kaden – Kawaba (DJ Koze’s Kosi-San Remix) W/ DJ Koze – Blume Der Nacht
10 Henrik Schwarz & Kuniyuki – Once Again (Kuniyuki Version)
11 Giorgio Roma – Across The East Side * W/ Timo Maas – Spacemooger Experience *
12 Alex Flitsch meets Mutant Clan – Imanah (Patrick Chardronnet Deep Mix)
13 Mathias Schaffhäuser – The 1st Thing *
14 Danny Tenaglia – Elements (The Dtour)
15 Santè & Adam Port – Solano *
16 The Crystal Ark – The City Never Sleeps (Instrumental)
17 Florian Hollerith – Fluxus
18 Carl Craig – At Les
19 William Orbit, Elgar – Nimrod (Timo Maas & Santos Remix)

CD2

01 Timo Maas – Latenza *
02 Marc Romboy & Stephan Bodzin – Luna (Mutant Clan Laser Gun Remix)
03 Kenny Larkin – Glob (Kenny Larkin Mix)
04 Alex Niggemann – Take Control (Matthias Tanzmann Remix)
05 Alex Dolby & Santos – To Be Large *
06 The Mole – Nervous Disid
07 Mutant Clan – Totally Wet (Santè & Adam Port Remix) *
08 We Fell To Earth – Lights Out (Timo Maas Remix)
09 Timo Maas – Kick 1 Kick 3 *
10 Mutant Clan – Arcadia **
11 Santè & Adam Port – Faire Des Siennes (Mutant Clan Caraibic Remix) *
12 Santos – Matinèe
13 Rockets & Ponies – Chinese Massage (Alex Dolby: Porno Dolby Remix) *
14 Timo Maas – Clouds **
15 Lost Veteranos – It’s Wronger
16 Emmanuel Top – Somewhere
17 Hardfloor – Acperience 1
18 Placebo – Ashtray Heart (Timo Maas Unreleased Remix) *

* denotes exclusive to this compilation

** denotes exclusive to this compilation & to be released on a special Balance EP

Timo’s also DJing at the DC10 (Ibiza) closing party – 04/10/10.
Further Information

balanceseries
timomaas.com
myspace.com/timomaas

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