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Dimensions Festival 2013-Mount Kimbie, Brandt Brauer Frick & Gilles Peterson among new names announced

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Dimensions Festival 2013

Mount Kimbie, Gilles Peterson, Brandt Brauer Frick, Space Dimension Controller, Skudge & King Midas Sound among new names added to the line-up for September’s festival in Pula, Croatia

Mount Kimbie / Gilles Peterson / Brandt Brauer Frick
Skudge – live / Martyn / Petar Dundov / Zed Bias / King Midas Sound / Blawan /  Andreya Triana / Space Dimension Controller / Evian Christ / Dark Sky / Ilija Rudman / fLako / Ossie / Krystal Klear / Funkineven / Locked Groove / Ron Morelli / Anthony Naples / Kutmah / Illum Sphere / Kidkanevil / Wbeeza / Call Super / Tall Black Guy / Locked Groove / Loxy / Truss / Yosi Horikawa / Jackson Blumenthal / Pedestrian / Guy Andrews / Barker / Eddy Ramich  / Hiatus & Shura / Alex Coulton / Ant TC1 / LX One / Chris Farrell / Werkha / Bearcubs / Pale / T-Man/ Homeboy / Jon K / Jonny Dub / SP: MC / Eton Messy DJs / CFSN DJs / Sergej Snooze / Arszenik / Bebetto / Voyeur / Pytzek  / Mislav  / Iggy Dub / Zero / Mimi / Labud / Ganik / Novell / Franic Mario / Rich Reason

Set in the beautiful location of an abandoned 19th century fort, Croatia’s premium showcase of the world’s best underground electronic music, Dimensions Festival adds new names to 2013’s bill. Returning to Croatia will be electronic auteurs Mount Kimbie, tastemaker extraordinaire Gilles Peterson, acoustic techno purveyors Brandt Brauer Frick, garage stalwart Zed Bias, Hyperdub’s King Midas Sound and many more. They will be joining the plethora of previously announced talent including Model 500, Theo Parrish, Moodyman, Dave Clarke, Daphni, Tony Allen, Mala in Cuba, Derrick May, Pantha Du Prince, Ben Klock, Omar S and Dixon.
In addition to the progressive and exciting line-up Dimensions has to offer, the festival’s venue is unlike any other in the world.  Taking place in a 19th Century Fort originally built by the Austrians to defend what was their main naval port, Fort Punta Christo with its courtyard, moat, ballroom and dungeon, feels like a re-discovered forgotten world that is transformed into magical venues for the duration of the festival. The city of Pula, in the stunning region of Istria in Croatia, is steeped in history and home to many ancient Roman buildings, including the magnificent amphitheatre, offering festival goers beautiful and unspoiled natural surroundings to enjoy in addition to the festivals vibe and music.
Partnering with some of the world’s most progressive labels including Eglo, Aus, Hypercolour, Non-Plus, Dial, Hessle Audio, Ostgut, Exit, Leisure Systems and Tri- Angle, Dimensions Festival looks set to cement its status as a credible and distinctive festival for 2013 and beyond. With many names still to be confirmed, Dimensions will be making more announcements throughout 2013, with details of boat parties still to be revealed.
 
Previously confirmed artists:
      MODEL 500 (Live) / THEO PARRISH / MOODYMANN
DAVE CLARKE / DAPHNI 
 TONY ALLEN (Live) / MALA IN CUBA (Live)  / DERRICK MAY / PANTHA DU PRINCE (Live)  BEN KLOCK / OMAR S / DIXON / HYPE WILLIAMS / FLOATING POINTS / BENJI B / BODDIKA  SURGEON / TIKIMAN LIVE + SCION (PERFORMING RHYTHM & SOUND) / MALA – DIGITAL MYSTIKZ / LOEFAH / PEARSON SOUND / BEN UFO / JETS (Live) / JIMMY EDGAR / MR SCRUFF / PORTICO QUARTET (Live) / LEVON VINCENT / STEFFI / ROMAN FLUGEL / NORMAN NODGE / BICEP / MOSCA / MACHINEDRUM / PANGAEA / MARCELLUS PITTMAN  ANDRES / RICK WHILITE / WILL SAUL AKA CLOSE / THE INVISIBLE (Live) / PROSUMER / LAWRENCE  EFDEMIN / JOHN ROBERTS / GERD JANSON /  MARK E / MOVE D / MIKE DEHNERT / DBRIDGE / MARCUS INTALEX / PARIAH / MIDLAND / HUXLEY / DEMDIKE STARE / BLACKEST EVER BLACK / ALEXANDER NUT / FATIMA / ANDREW ASHONG / DEGO / SOULPHICTION / ANALOGUE / COPS (Live) / JOHN HECKLE / IRATION STEPPAS / STUBBORN HEART (Live) / VESSEL / OLIVIER DAYSOUL / DENSE & PIKA (Live) / MUNGO’S HIFI / AUTHOR (Live) / XXXY / PATRICE SCOTT / JAY DANIEL / MATTHEW HALSALL TRIO / LeFtO / WIFE / FRACTURE / ROMARE / ELIPHINO / SOUTH LONDON ORDNANCE / ARP 101 / ENDIAN / MOXIE / JOE ROLET / ENIS
http://www.dimensionsfestival.com/

Ben Klock-fabric 66

Posted in News with tags , , , , on September 14, 2012 by E.N.

When it comes to techno, there are few cities on the planet that have embraced and upheld the raw, foundational roots laid down by its pioneers more so than Berlin. Revered globally for its hedonistic club culture, free-flowing creativity and open-minded approach to life, the city has firmly established itself as one of the premier European destinations for techno of outstanding and uncompromising quality. This is due in no small part to the family of producers and DJs who live there, experience the city and continue to push the development of the sound. One of the centre-most characters in this movement is the inimitable Berghain resident, Ben Klock.

Born and raised in the formerly segregated west city centre area of Schöneberg, Ben was exposed to and instilled with a passion for music from an early age. Bored by the mainstream output of German radio, he quickly launched himself into record buying, a hobby which started with Michael Jackson’s ‘Beat It’ as a 7″ single and worked its way through hip hop, jungle, late 60s/70s rock and African music. One of the great turning points for Ben, however, was the discovery of the musical minimalism of Steve Reich’s ‘Music for 18 Musicians.’

With the falling of the wall in 1989, the city was primed for the global explosion of techno as imported records filtered across Europe. The city quickly latched onto the late 80s acid sound, sparking a series of parties which was to inspire a generation. It was surrounded by yellow smileys and strobe lights that Ben was first exposed to the sound of techno, a sound so unique that it was to inspire his career.

“I really only learned how to DJ in a club in front of people. I played jungle, trip hop, drum and bass for the first couple of months and half a year later changed to house and techno. That’s how it all started.”

Taking on this project for Ben has become more than just the mix itself; it’s been an adventure into the future sound of some of the best and most exciting producers out there. Recorded in his home studio in Berlin, the mix has a distinct intention; one of discovery. The selection reflects both his love of classic house and techno productions as well as his passion for unearthing new and unreleased music as his friends were personally invited to submit rare and exclusive tracks for the purposes of this very special fabric mix.

The slow-building and subtle warble of Truncate’s ‘Ratio 1,’ is where the mix takes off from, immediately dipping into a huge selection of rarities and previously unreleased cuts of understated techno. Ben places tracks from Staffan Linzatti, Sagat, K-Hand and DJ Bone against some old school favourites – one of the central dynamics within the mix. Josh Wink, Robert Hood (as Floorplan), DVS1, Technasia, and Luke Slater (as Planetary Assault Systems), may all be familiar names but the track selection is clearly that of a die-hard DJ and producer who has spent a lifetime crate-digging, looking for those rare gems. The introduction of UK dubstep hero Burial creates an even more intriguing dialogue, fitting the classic production of the old-school with the future sounds of rising talent. Other noteworthy appearances include brand new Mathew Jonson, Sigg Gonzalez, and Vlek Records’ Sagat, who provides incredibly teasing minimalist touches to the modulating oscillations of the overall product. Ben’s original productions, edits and reworkings perforate the mix alongside cuts from his signature Klockworks imprint, but these remain purposefully fleeting instances, executed to add moments of balance and transition.

As the mix seethes with rising intensity and builds to a crescendo, Floorplan’s ‘Never Grow Old’ brings a levity to the mix with its slow house groove, vinyl crackles and soulful vocal before we take one final sharp turn into ethereal techno as the metallic clashes of Terrence Fixmer’s ‘When the Sun’ ring out with only the rising synths and clanging percussion of James Ruskin’s ‘Detached’ driving us headlong towards the final, blissful ending of ‘Monophaser 2,’ which swathes us in low frequency, sustained bass and cosmic phasing, leaving the listener in deep, meditative reflection. There’s nothing linear about this mix, apart from the fact it has a beginning and an end. The rest is for you to discover.

“I didn’t want to include any of my ‘hits’ from my sets this time. The idea is more that you have something to discover when you listen.”

Artist: Ben Klock
Title: fabric 66
Label: fabric Records
Release date: 15th October (USA: 20th November)
Cat. No.: fabric131

Tracklist:
01 Truncate – Ratio 1 [Truncate]
02 DJ Bone – Gemini [unreleased]
03 Trevino – Forged [Klockworks]
04 Technasia – Final Quadrant (The Cosmic Beats) [Technasia]
05 DVS1 – Spying [Klockworks]
06 K-Hand – Starz [Acacia]
07 Octave One – Terraforming (Kraviz/Klock’s 66 Interpretation) [430 West]
08 Wincent Kunth – Another Journey [MDR]
09 Sagat – Few Mysteries Solved in A Year of Contact [VLEK]
10 Sigg Gonzalez – Penny Pincher (Head High Mix) [Power House]
11 Floorplan – Chord Principal [M-Plant]
12 D-Knox – Mind Calming [Black Nation]
13 Burial – Raver (Edit) [Hyperdub]
14 Marcel Dettmann – Allies [Ostgut Ton]
15 Josh Wink – Are You There? (Ben Klock Remix) [Ovum]
16 Truncate – Coaster [Truncate]
17 Planetary Assault Systems – Flat Tire [Mote-Evolver]
18 Steve Rachmad – Rotary [Klockworks]
19 Staffan Linzatti – In Time [unreleased]
20 Mathew Johnson – Panna Cotta (Edit) [Itiswhatitis]
21 Floorplan – Never Grow Old (Edit) [M-Plant]
22 Terence Fixmer – When The Sun [Electric Deluxe]
23 James Ruskin – Detached [Tresor]
24 Alva Noto – Monophaser 2 [Raster-Noton]

Release party: fabric 66 will be launched at Berghain on Saturday 13th October and at fabric on Saturday 27th October.

Blackhall & Bookless -Josies EP (VIT013)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 19, 2012 by E.N.

Blackhall & Bookless
 
Label: Vitalik
Released: 2012
Distribution: Word And Sound
Cat no: VIT013
1. Touch
2. Esoj
3. Esoj (Hatikvah Rmx)
4. Esoj (Soulade Rmx)
 

Newcastles purveyors of fine house make their debut release on Vitalik Recordings. Written by Blackhall & Bookless and engineered by Ethyl, the Josies EP is a contemporary take a classical house aesthetic, timeless house music in short.

Having met through the passion of house music in their early teens, it didn’t take long before Chris Blackhall and Chris Bookless were delving into the depths of electronic music. After years of local residencies developing a sound beyond there years the duo created their Newcastle based brand. 5 years later Jaunt been responsible for introducing acts such as Kerri Chandler, Ben Klock, Jamie Jones, Julio Bashmore, Kyle Hall, Tobi Neumann and Prosumer to North east dance floors. Over the past 2 years they have taken their party to the capital and are now regularly Djing further afield playing at numerous destinations across the UK and Europe.
Having heard early versions the tracks the duo had written Vitalik matched the pair with an engineer that would complement their classical house sensibilities. Ethyl, currently one of the UK’s most promising young house producers has established himself on labels such as Quintessentials, secretsundaze and Tsuba as a well respected artist that exudes a sophistication in his production ahead of his years. The fruits of this experimental collaboration are two very slick productions, emotively charged classic house cuts executed with clarity of concept.
‘Touch’ kicks off the EP with the familiar sounds of 808 percussion and a bouncing Juno bassline. Washes of metallic pads sink through the mix giving way to the gentle but evocative chords that give the track its trademark haunting quality.
‘Esoj’ takes the bpm down to 115 bpm, the huge bassline and trundling beats give the track an expansive feel, a feeling that is further developed by the stunningly bright chord stabs that elevate the track to its melodic crescendo. Esoj is a refreshing example of how to make uplifting house music without being irreverent or cliché.
German studio boffins Hatikvah are first up to bat in the remixes, many will know them from their output on labels like Soma, Suol, Cadenza, Vakant, Liebe Detail, Buzzin Fly and Morris Audio to name but a few. Hatikvah take things in a slightly different direction, swinging the beats and unleashing a monstrous filtered bassline, the rawness of the huge bass  is contrasted by delicately scattered keys. The final interpretation, a beefed up danceflloor rendition by Vitalik stalwart Suolade completes the package. Taking things up to a house tempo the chunky beats and uncomplicated melodies are simple but effective.

Sigha – Sigha EP June 13th on Hotflush (Preview)

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

Artist: Sigha
Title: Sigha EP
Label: Hotflush Recordings
Cat number: HF029
Format: 12” Vinyl, Digital
Release date: 13 June 2011

Hotflush presents its fifth release from rising producer Sigha. This EP continues his progression into subterranean techno hauntings. Since his debut on the imprint in early 2009, Sigha has accumulated support from DJs across the electronic sphere such as Francois K, Brendon Moeller, Marcel Dettmann, Ben Klock, Peter van Hoesen, James Ruskin, and many others. With this release he takes a more direct approach that maintains the cavernous atmosphere and spatial tension of his previous work on Hotflush and his own label Our Circula Sound, resulting in a collection of club tracks that evolve and sizzle with burning tenacity, ultimately bursting into the beatless closer that echoes about in an otherworldly space.

More info:
http://www.facebook.com/jamessigha
http://www.ourcirculasound.com

(download)”Mixed Emotions by Piece of Shh…”

Posted in News, Promotions with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 28, 2010 by E.N.


To celebrate his forthcoming release(soon) on Svetlana Industries label with remixes by Zomby and Hektagon,  Piece of Shh…  is back again!Check for more  Piece of Shh… free downloads and mixes at EMN  HERE

(download) “Mixed Emotions by Piece of Shh…”
Erykah Badu – Twinkle
Kotchy – Raise Your Eyebrows
Blackpocket – Ur A Sta (DBridge Remix)
Mount Kimbie – Maybes (James Blake rmx)
E-40 – Back in Business
Company Flow – Little Johny From The Hospital
Snowman – Street Corner
8 Bitch – G41 (Rustie rmx)
Tayo – March of The Soundbwoyz (TRG rmx)
Piece of Shh… – Bad Bwoy dub
D1 – Pitcher
Fantastic Mr. Fox – Sketchers
Rossi B And Luca (Feat. Killa P)-E10 Riddim (Police Ar Come Run)
South Rakkas – So It Go
Stagga – The Bad Dance (feat. Juakali)
Joe – Claptrap
Blawan – Iddy
Kalbata – Wallabee
LV – Early Mob
Martyn Feat. Spaceape – Is This Insanity (Ben Klock Mix)
Pariah – Orpheus
Hackman – More Then Ever
Teebs & jackhigh – Comes To Mind (Josip klobucar rmx)
Stacy Epps – Floatin’
Bottom Fly – You Are So Beautiful

total time: 71:14 min

Listen at Mixcloud

www.laplantstudios.com
www.myspace.com/pieceofshh

Ben Klock mixes Berghain 04(incl.Martyn’s exclusive Miniluv)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 26, 2010 by E.N.

Berghain resident Ben Klock will compile the fourth instalment of the famed Berlin nightclub’s mix series, which will feature new and exclusive material from Martyn, Rolando and Klock himself.

Klock follows on from André Galluzzi, Marcel Dettmann and Len Faki in mixing a Berghain compilation, which will be released on the club’s in house label Ostgut Ton on June 28. His distinct sound – which combines relentless, industrial beats with a melodic sensibility cultivated in his upbringing as a classically trained musician – has become synonymous with the rise of Berghain to the world’s clubbing Mecca for anyone with a penchant for techno

Those who live within an Easyjet flight of the techno capital should also pencil June 12 into the diary, with Klock set to host the mix launch party on home turf.

The press release, written by German journo/DJ/label boss Gerd Janson, states: “When it comes to Berlin’s Berghain and its myth, we all know the deal by now: techno, concrete, marathon dances. Fact or fiction, Berghain 04 comes in the nick of time. It is impossible to reduce Ben Klock’s musical vision and especially his work as a DJ. Stereotypes and close-minded genre definitions have never been wished-for by the protagonists (Berghain and Klock) anyway and they won’t help you here.

“Klock turns all these ingredients into one long and harmonic blend. Without any sign of hectic or nervous breaks, but not without thrilling moments, peaks or valleys, turning points, Berghain 04 primes its listener for the climax of a long night out: the disappearance of space, time and the outside world. Akin to his album “One”, Ben Klock combines his classic appreciation of music, melody and hidden hook lines with the anonymity of solid machine sounds.

“These comparisons might be drawn with a worn-out pen, just like all the insufficient adjectives used to describe Berghain’s magic, but that is exactly what is achieved here. Ben Klock gets effortlessly and truthfully to the heart of a sound, a feeling and most of all an aesthetic. Berghain techno soul.”

Tracklisting:

1. 154 – Apricot
2. DVS1 – Pressure (previously unreleased)
3. Junior Boys – Work (Marcel Dettmann Remix) (previously unreleased)
4. Martyn – Miniluv (exclusive)
5. STL – Loop 04
6. Levon Vincent – The Long Life
7. Jonas Kopp – Michigan Lake (exclusive)
8. ACT – RoHd (previously unreleased)
9. Mikhail Breen – Veracity (previously unreleased)
10. DVS1 – Confused (previously unreleased)
11. Rolando – De Cago (previously unreleased)
12. Kevin Gorman – 7am Stepper (exclusive)
13. Ben Klock – Compression Session 1
14. Roman Lindau – Keppra (exclusive)
15. Tyree – Nuthin Wrong
16. The Echologist – Dirt (Ben Klock Edit) (exclusive)
17. James Ruskin – Graphic (exclusive)
18. Ben Klock feat. Elif Biçer – Elfin Flight (previously unreleased)
19. Rolando – Junie (previously unreleased)

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