In need of a festival weapon? Look no further! Dirty House bastard Vato Gonzalez takes on The 2 Bears, a project by Raf Rundell and Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard. He adds his signature dirty house bass line to their infectious ‘Take a look around’ hook, turning the original into an absolute festival anthem which you will see many punters chanting along to this summer! Trust us: no field or tent is safe for this monster of a remix. Out soon on Southern Fried Records.
Archive for May 15, 2012
“Bara Bröst” (literally “just breasts”) is the name of a cultural movement of Swedish feminists, pleading for women to be allowed topless in public. Up-and-coming Berlin based producer duo Benjamin Quint and Markus Schwarzbauer love the movement so much that they chose to endorse it by adapting the name for their production team.
The two have been friends since school and have shared an apartment in the Neukölln district in Berlin for over two years now. They converted their living room into a studio and office space. “That way, we can meet up any time we are inspired by the Muses with no effort.” This intense partnership enabled them to develop their very own vision and understanding of sound. Their music is a combination of funky House and Berlin influenced Minimal-Techno. The distinct trademark of a Bara Bröst beat is the soft but deep kick, the rolling House-Groove just around 124 bpm combined with very heavy Dub- ! Bass-Lines.
“We found our common ground in House because we appreciate and respect the high standard of present productions. We grew up with all sorts of different styles like Funk, Break-Beats, Hip Hop, Jazz and stuff that we stumbled across in our fathers’ record collections. Hence, the main criteria for our music is that it must be entertaining. It should touch you on an emotional level, no matter what tempo it is based on or how clever a sound was created. Otherwise producing tunes would become as mundane as working the assembly-line.“ Bara Bröst tracks are by no means hasty one-timers.
After the successful release of their debut-album “Elephancycle” on BBE Records in 2010 they did numerous remixes and single releases on a bunch of new labels. On special occasions Bara Bröst form an outstanding electronic live act showcase together with their singers and vocalists Conan Kowalski (Sick City) and Capey Cash (Bar25).
This summer they are back on BBE with more remixes of tracks! from th eir debut album “Elephancycle” and their second album “KOKOLORES”.
The first time I met Acid Pauli, I didn’t know it. I was in search of a lighter outside of the Salon Zur Wilden Renate, a bar in Berlin. It was quite late (or early, depending on how you look at it). I had been living in Germany for less than a week.
I approached a man that had been moving some equipment nearby. He didn’t smoke, he explained, but he produced a book of matches—- almost out of thin air. He had excited, Romanesque features that threatened to overwhelm his face as he spoke. He introduced himself as Martin.
I moved to Berlin after quitting my job as a journalist covering culture for an inconsequential (albeit progressive) Middle Eastern magazine. Days after I left the region, the first protests began in Tunisia.
I visited Renate that week because Nicolas Jaar recommended it when we met in London around Christmas time. When I mentioned that I might move to Germany, he brought up Acid Pauli– which is how I first found out about his Johnny Cash interpretation, “I See a Darkness,” and some of his other projects with The Notwist.
A few nights later, I returned to Renate, observing from afar as Acid gently wrangled the dance floor. His set activated a space that was both free flowing and eclectic– the opposite of what I had expected (however ignorantly) to find in Berlin.
I tracked Acid down after he finished playing and introduced myself properly this time. Eventually, he explained that he had just completed an album for Clown & Sunset. He called it Mst. After pleading with him to let me listen, he handed over a miniature mirror that doubled as a USB drive.
It was an appropriate medium for an album that acts reflexively. Each of the nine tracks coaxes your attention, and then plays with it like the hall of mirrors in a funhouse. Songs accelerate or breakdown without warning, before leaping right back into the rhythm or alternating into a new one. Acid Pauli’s voice never appears, and so you substitute your own internal monologue—- whether you’re waltzing to “(La voz) tan tierna” or weeping to “Eulogy to Eunice.”
I saw Acid Pauli a handful more times that spring before he began touring with Nico. And despite our conversations about the album, it was not until months later that I realized Acid isn’t trying to tell stories with his work. His aim is more holistic than that. Mst extends the atmospherics past the dance floor, refracting the idiosyncrasies of our existence back into our everyday lives. (Lola Marie-Saint,New York,December, 2011)
Label: Clown & Sunset
Cat no: CS009
Released: Monday June 18th, 2012
- A Clone Is A Clone
- Equation of Time
- (La Voz) tan Tierna
- Requiem for a Loop
- Mutron Melody
- Eulogy to Eunice
May 28, GER-Konstanz, Kantine
June 6th, GER, Munich, Rote Sonne
June 8th, PT, Lisbon, Lux
June 12th GER, Berlin (Kater Holzig) (with Nu)
June 15th ES, Barcelona, Moog
June 17th ES, Barcelona, tbc
June 30th I-Torino, Movement Festival
July 6th GER, Munich, Rote Sonne
July 12th GER, Berlin, Kater Holzig
July 20th CH-Zurich, Zukunft
July 22nd GER-Berlin, Nation of Gondwana (with Nu)
July 28th NL-Amsterdam, Welcome to the future (with Nu)
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Jamie Jones rise to the top has been a steady climb. The young Welshman was always respected from fellow peers and artists through early releases on Freak n’Chic, Cocoon, Get Physical and a debut artist album on Crosstown Rebels, but now is deeply admired as the best in the game.
In ‘Tracks From The Crypt’ Jamie finally sets some of the best-loved dancefloor bombs of the past five years loose from the vaults of his infamous studio. Tracks such as the bouncing infectious grooves of ‘Somewhere’, ‘Paradise’ and ‘Frequencies’ are infamous from Jamie’s live recordings, and others such as the electro-clash influenced ‘City At Night’, ‘Mari 2d Underground’ a future dancefloor anthem and ‘Tonight In Tokyo’ featuring Luca C are as yet unheard and offer a glimpse of the future. Closing with the leisurely pace of ‘The Lows’, Jamie shows he can stretch the capabilities of house music and has formulated his own new breed.
Jamie explains: “This is a collection of my favourite unreleased secret weapons from the last 5 years plus some brand new tunes that I´m hammering on the dancefloor right now. Looking back in the vaults, I found some killers that people have been trying to get their hands on for ages and decided to make my second album a combination of these.”
Label: Crosstown Rebels
Cat no: CRMCD018
Distribution: Above Board Distribution
Released: Monday June 25th, 2012
- City At Night featuring Surveillance Party
- Tonight In Tokyo featuring Luca C
- Special Effect
- Mari 2D Underground
- Our Time In Liberty featuring Art Department
- Stems From Hackney
- Over Each Other featuring Livia Giammaria
- Havana Good Time
- The Lows
Mari 2d Underground [Clip]
The past few years have seen Jamie launch his own pioneering label and brand, Hot Creations and production outfit Hot Natured, forging his own path with a highly original sound as both a solo artist, and with various collaborations. His remixes of Azari III and Green Velvet were among the biggest tracks of 2011 and he has the rare ability to appeal to many diverse styles of electronic music, championed by Pete Tong, Annie Macas well as Gilles Peterson.
Named Best Deep House DJ and remix of 2011 in DJ Awards Ibiza, Best DJand remix by DJ Mag UK and Best DJ from Mixmag UK as well as Resident Advisor No 1 DJ of the year, Jamie Jones and his label Hot Creations are amongst the biggest names in dance music right now. Imitated the world over they got there by infusing a new originality into a tiring style of dance music – injecting energy through basslines and spirit through vocals and samples.
May 16 Showcase, Paris
May 18 – 24 USA
May 25 Life Festival, Detroit
May 26 – 28 Detroit
June 1 Rock In Rio, Lisbon
June 3 Love Saves The Day, Bristol
June 8 Serendipity, Foligno
June 9 Il Muretto, Jesolo
June 28-30 Hideout, Croatia
Since their highly anticipated and widely acclaimed 2008 debut album ´Silent Movie´, Quiet Village, aka Matt Edwards and Joel Martin have been exploring other music avenues under their Maxxi & Zeus moniker. Now they are back, with ´Too High To Move´ a compilation of their most inspiring and sought after remixes to date, stitched together with love.
Quiet Village are the infamous duo comprising of Matt Edwards AKA Radio Slave and Joel Martin. Their debut album on !K7 caught the attention of the likes of Q, NME and Vice magazine for its Balearic style spiked with reggae, Motown and slow funk. A strange concoction though it sounded it won them high profile performances at Sonar by Day, Barcelona, Glastonbury and the Big Chill festival in the UK and as far as Hong Kong and quickly gained wide from extreme ends of music listening tastes.
Then they disappeared and regrouped as Maxxi & Zeus, releasing obscure and highly treasured cuts on seminal label International Feel. Now it’s time for the original whimsical musical outlet to reignite and blaze on Rekids subsidiary, Pyramid Of Mars. It’s almost like a rebirth but not quite, its Quiet Village back to life, perhaps better than before.
Sounding like a soundtrack to Easy Rider or some vintage flick you develop an unhealthy obsession with, ‘Too High To Move’ takes its title from a track from the original album but is in fact a collection of their best and most sought after remixes. Its obscure and tasteful selection is one that shows revered taste only an extended period of serious record collecting could adhere to.
The movie itself takes a number of twists and turns of action and suspense until the closing moments from Black Devil Disco Club. Long infusions, gentle repetitions and subtle shifts from the jungle to the seaside linger long enough to shine light into the murky waters of the duo’s mind. Their adventures begin with a cruising speed of around 50mph taking in krautrock cult heroes Allez Allez and the spellbinding enigma, Muddbefore pushing the foot down for some raw 4/4 heroes in the form of Francois K and Mark E. Featuring cameos from Grandad Bob and Rekids’ own lovechild Toby Tobias and Bubble Club, the Quiet Village version shoots a cult classic with surround sound and HD quality experience.
Label: Pyramid Of Mars
Cat no: POMCD001
Distribution: Above Board
Released: Monday June 25th, 2012
- Allez Allez – African Queen (Quiet Village Dub)
- Mudd – Speilplatz (Quiet Village Unreleased Instrumental Remix)
- Francois K – The Road Of Life (Quiet Village Unreleased Dub)
- Ronny & Renzo – Uniqorns (Quiet Village Remix)
- Luger E-Go – A Trader In Furs (Quiet Village Remix)
- Mark E & Dragon – Good Times (Quiet Village Remix)
- Toby Tobias – Dave’s Sex Bits (Quiet Village Remix)
- Grandad Bob – Pictures (Quiet Village Remix)
- Bubble Club – The Goddess (Quiet Village Remix)
- Black Devil Disco Club – I Regret The Flower Power (Quiet Village Remix)
Quiet Village reappear as the genreless state reemerges and begins to fill up a sea of writhing creatures melting within the current pot. As hypnotic as the rotation of a disco ball, this is pretty body-conscious stuff. Quiet Village sounds like the name of a place glimpsed in a film, or perhaps a dream largely due to the duo’s addiction to archiving. Both self-confessed record nerds that are intent upon forging a shimmering totality from their sagging shelves of vinyl.
The group consists of Joel Martin, a longtime record collector, curator, DJ and music supervisor, and Matt Edwards, best known as Radio Slave an acclaimed producer of high-octane house and techno, tapped for remixes by the likes of X-Press 2, Tiga, Kylie, Hell, Booka Shade, Moby, Trentemøller and more. The two met in the early ’90s in the town of Catford, England, southeast of London, where they bonded over a shared love of old disco, acid house and carboot sales. Their music is inspired by classic soundtracks, vintage TV adverts and long-forgotten BBC programs, triggering an emotional response so deep-seated it’s practically subliminal. They’ve since done remixes for the likes of Gorillaz, François K, and Cosmo Vitelli and ‘Too High To Move’ is a testament to their skill in the process.
Released on the new Pyramid Of Mars label, a new subsidiary of Rekids that will focus on more experimental and leftfield projects including forthcoming projects from Quiet Village, Vince Watson, The Machine v´s Joe Clausell and A&Red by Matt Edwards.