Over the last year I’ve traveled to Canada frequently for gigs and got to know the small but healthy electronic music scene there. Cities like Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto have brought forth many established artists over the past few years, such as Egyptrixx, Azari & III, Basic Soul Unit, Jacques Greene, Lunice and Sixtoo, but 2012 has seen a new breed of no-nonsense house and techno producers come up via labels like Turbo Recordings and Naked Lunch.
This “Dovercourt EP” features four very talented producers: Kevin McPhee, Nautiluss, Gingy and fresh face Bruce Trail. Their tracks are a dedication to their hometown of Toronto. Being removed from the house/techno epicentres of Berlin and London, these four are much less interested in what’s fashionable or trendy, and more in bringing us straight to the point, no frails jacking house music. I’ve been playing these four extensively in my DJ sets, and I hope you will too. So out to Toronto, this one’s for you! Enjoy. Martyn
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taken from the forthcoming Modeselektion Vol. 02
Title: Credentials EP
Label: Switched On Records
Release Date: 30th April 2012
Catalogue No: SOR001
2. Pressure (D££mnds Olympus Mix)
The credentials EP sees new beginnings for both the artist and label involved. Switched On Records is a new project from S.E.F, formerly one half of Deep Teknologi Records, who has set his sights firmly on the Housier ends of things and introduces the relatively unknown London-based producer Alex D££mnds.
D££mnds pulls no punches with his first offering and lead track ‘Credentials’ is a dancefloor burner that has already been garnering support from Martyn, Sinden, Scratcha DVA, Altered Natives and Rinse FM’s MA1. In what can only be described as Deep house with urgency the title track is propelled by intertwining synths that are set to hypnotise the dancefloor and enthrall the DJ. Ebbing and flowing through a see of filters and and intermittent percussion the track is a boisterous take on House and the mammoth drop halfway through gives the track an extra dimension.
‘Pressure’ is an effort that is full of tension with is dark overtones and eerie melody is a definite grower with its subtle hi-hat arrangement that gives the track an abundance of swing and groove. The EP concludes with the most laid back effort of the three, ‘Baidin’. Fusing quirky key stabs with an almost muffled drum loop the track slowly unravels into a spaced out lullaby that floats into dreamy territory with extensive use of delay. Whilst it’s melancholic natures is what appeals the most it still manages to refrain from being too polite or conservative and is a warming end to the EP.
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With his sophomore album ‘Ghost People’ appearing on 2010‘s end of the year charts for the likes of Mixmag (# 6), Clash Magazine (#9), DJ Magazine (#9), Data Transmission (‘Album of the Year’), Martyn returns to Brainfeeder to release a follow-up 12” this March.
The 12” leads with ‘Hello Darkness,’ previously unreleased and exclusive to the 12”, Martyn shuffles through a rhythmic bassline and feeling of, indeed, darkness from the very first beat. In typical Martyn fashion, the track skips its way through genre conventions, landing in a flux between 2-step, driving techno and old rave (the latter specifically heard in his ethereal and scaling upper melodies). ‘Hello Darkness’ could lend itself to the rawest, grittiest warehouse, yet simultaneously breeds a subtle feeling of elation and release, and keeps the listener guessing with a variety of quirky sound collages.
1. Hello Darkness
2. Bauplan (L-Vis 1990 & Bok Bok Remix)
3. We Are You In The Future (Redshape Remix)
4. Hello Darkness (Radio Edit)
Release Date: 03/19/12
Over the past couple of years, Manchester-based producer Lone (a.k.a. Matt Cutler) has become a fully fledged reinvention of his former self. Leaving behind the hip-hop seasoned abstraction and hazy beatscapes of his notable Ecstasy & Friends and Lemurian albums for a quicker-paced sound that draws on a much heavier Chicago house / Detroit Techno and early 90′s London rave/hardcore sound. With his last album proper Emerald Fantasy Tracks & last year’s R&S debut Coreshine Voodoo, we saw a honing of these styles. Continuing his ethereal journey through space and time where these previous two outings left off, new album Galaxy Garden – that you will hopefully have in your ears right now – is without doubt his most complete body of work to date.
Title: Galaxy Garden
Label: R&S Records
01 New Colour
02 The Animal Pattern
03 As A Child (With Machinedrum)
04 Lying In The Reeds
05 Dragon Blue Eyes
06 Crystal Caverns 1991
08 Dream Girl / Sky Surfer
09 Earth’s Lungs
10 Cthulhu (With Machinedrum)
11 Stands Tidal Waves
12 Spirals (With Anneka)
The varied excursions on display unearth new corners to the wunderkind, whilst maintaining his signature sound and cinematic overtones. Opener New Colour lays down the album’s mandate with layers of symbiotic sound-scapes. On into The Animal Pattern, a rolling 8-bit bastardisation where visions of Out Run’s Splash Wave come flooding back again. Nomrex label head machine drum makes an appearance on two tracks adding his hazy vocals to As A Child & Cthulhu. The latter evolving into a mid tempo broken roller with key stabs which wouldn’t sound out of place on a Japan record.
Thing of beauty, Lying in the Reeds finds Cutler in one of his more melodic, melancholic and reflective moods. This gives way to the ambient drone of Dragon Blue Eyes and through to Crystal Caverns 91; revival stabs, hardcore remnants, a frenetic cadence and we’re already half way through the album. Two uptempo, blissed out stuttered motion bangers – proceed in the form of Raindance & Dream & Girl/Sky Surfer. It’s Raindance and the incredible Earth’s Lungs where he wears his love of Aphex Twin and Warp most prominently, all the time maintaining a very Lone take on it. The album closes this Lone chapter with vocalist Anneka – who’s worked with the likes of Falty DL, Starkey, Ital Tek, Vex’d - and the track Spirals, which is the closest you’ll get to Cutler writing a pop song.
A rollercoaster ride of playful nods to a plethora of scenes and influences past, present and future, a residency at Manchester hot-spot Hoya:Hoya, upcoming shows all over the place, support for his tracks from the likes of Caribou, Diplo, Kode 9, Dark Sky, Rustie, James Holden, Martyn, Joy Orbison – to name just a few – remixes for Radiohead, Tensnake & Underworld already under his belt; it’s going to be quite a year for Lone. Cutler ended 2010 with his tracks Pineapple Crush and Once In A While featured in every respectable ‘Best of 2010’ roundup (Resident Advisor, Phonica, Juno & Fact Magazine). This an album to be treasured and one that will no doubt, end up in even more polls come the end of twenty twelve.
Efdemin has been one of the key artists on Curle since his 2007 debut for the Belgian label, with big releases such as ‘Acid Bells’, ‘America/The Pulse’, remixes from Martyn, John Beltran & Matt O’Brien, and of course the mix-cd ‘Carry On, Pretend We’re Not In The Room’. The long-awaited follow-up ‘Please’ includes two tracks from around the 10 minute mark; ‘Farnsworth House’ and ‘Blount’. That last one Efdemin made together with his good friend and fellow Dial artist Kassian Troyer. Enough with the talking, time to get into
Title: Please EP
Format: 12” Digital
Label: Curle Recordings
Release: 19 September 2011
A. Efdemin – Farnsworth House
B. Efdemin & Kassian Troyer – Blount
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
- Date:Fri 07th Oct – Sat 10th Dec, 2011
- Time:10pm -6am
- Location:Motion Skate Park, 74 Avon Street, Bristol
- Price: Various
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 October – Hessle Audio Jamie XX, Pearson Sound, Jamie Woon – live
Friday 21st October – Blowpop DJ Yoda, Plump DJ’s, Krafty Kuts
Saturday 22nd October - FWD//Rinse Zinc, Ez, Plastician, Roska
Friday 28th October – Tokyo Dub Radical Guru, Jahtari & Soom T
Saturday 29th October – Just Jack Halloween Party Soul Clap, Tale of Us, Shaun Reeves, Midland
Friday 4th November – Annie Mac Presents…
Saturday 5th November – Gunpowder Plot Bonfire Night Party Smerins, Gentlemen’s Dub Club, Babyhead
Friday 11th November – Run Rusko, Andy C, Grooverider, Scratch Perverts
Saturday 12th November – Field Day Night Erol Alkan, Hudson Mowhawke
Friday 18th November – All Gone…with Pete Tong, Calvin Harris, Cadenza Showcase
Friday 25th November – BLOC Joker, Martyn, James Holden, Nathan Fake
Saturday 26th November – Futureboogie Henrik Schwarz, Julio Bashmore, Maya Jane-Coles, Bonobo
Friday 2nd December – Hardcore Heaven Darren Styles, Gammer, Evil Activities
Saturday 3rd December – Shit the BED Skream, Jack Beats – live, Arab Musik
Friday 9th December – Beardyman, Stanton Warriors, Tayo
Saturday 10th December – Cocoon Tiefschwarz, Dyed Soundorom, Oner Ozer
The full line-ups can now be viewed on www.bristolinmotion.com
Featuring: Rusko, Jamie XX, Toddla T, Pearson Sound, Andy C, Pinch, Jamie Jones, Heidi, Soul Clap, Floating Points, Joker, Midland, Scratch Perverts, Henrik Schwartz, Maya Jane-Coles, Crazy P – live, Martyn, 2562, Ms Dynamite, Elijah & Skilliam, Pinch, Darksky
Date: Sat 01st Oct, 2011
Time: 10pm – 6am
Location: Motion Skate Park, 74 Avon Street, Bristol
Bristol In Motion
The new jewel in Bristol’s crown, Motion re-opens its doors in October for another season of the highly-charged and hugely loved ‘In:Motion’ series. Still reeling from the success of last year’s sell-out autumn events, 2011 sees them come back bigger, better, stronger, louder with the hottest electronic acts of the moment gracing the infamous Bristol ramp skate-park, turned rave haven.
2010 marked the birth of the In:Motion series when the Bristol based promoter team joined forces with the countries most esteemed music brands, bringing with them the finest talent of the underground music scene to the West Country. Creating a succession of unparalleled parties, each one delivered a mind-blowing night of sensational sounds and immaculate production placing In:Motion firmly on the musical map. As a slew of fresh and talented artists continue to bubble up from the beating heart of Bristol such as Julio Bashmore, Redlight, Eats Everything, Baobinga, Waifs & Strays, Bowski, just the last year alone, the city continues to draw attention and attract producers and DJs from outside. Everyone wants a piece of the sounds and skills that are evolving in the West Country’s musical.
Bristol’s renowned musical heritage, coupled with the strongest brands in the country has resulted in some of the most highly innovative and respected musical programming out there. Those who’ve devastated the Motion dance-floor last year, triumphantly return: Hospitality, BLOC, Annie Mac Presents, Bugged Out!, Run and local heavy-hitting party starters Shit The Bed and Just Jack who collectively brought with them High Contrast, Claude Vonstroke, Simian Mobile Disco, Jamie Jones, DMZ and Joy Orbison. Joining the In:Motion fold for the first time bringing more interstellar acts to the table throughout the autumn season, we welcome Hessle Audio, FWD Rinse, Field Day Night, Jamie XX, local boys Futureboogie XL, Blowpop and Invisible Circus.
As a venue Motion is carving itself out to be one of the most exciting and unrivalled clubs around. Now nearing festival-calibre this year, they expand into yet more areas of the huge sprawling skate park creating a warren of separate spaces all hosting their own unique party. The raw confines bore witness last year to the magic of man of the moment Seth Troxler in the main Skate Park, Roska and Untold in the Tunnel, Tensanke lighting things up in The Cave with the addition of the stunning Waterside Terrace providing the perfect backdrop. Now with things 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, you can let yourself get lost in Motion’s wondrous world of entertainment and outstanding music. Check out everything that Bristol has to offer on RA’s Real Scenes series HERE
Seconds out, round 2. Further announcements and line-ups to follow.