There are few DJ’s who work on the same level as Sasha. Still revered as much today – as the recent plaudits for the third part of his Involver saga are evidence of – as he always has been, he’s highly respected for the innovation he laid out from the very start of his career; aiming to take his DJ craft to the next level when he first became a highly revered name in the field.
Which is why Fabric are pleased to be able to announce that Sasha will be stepping up to perform in Room One this Saturday, where he’ll also be joined by their stalwart resident Craig Richards.
In Room Two, Efdemin and Marcel Fengler’s mutual desire to constantly push their musical and production boundaries will collide in their techno arrangements. The duo are fresh off the back of the first outing of their DIN project producing music for the ‘EVOLVE’, the third suite of the Berlin State Ballet’s Masse. Guest selector Untold will likely showcase some of his rough and relentlessly inventive creative techno sounds.
Jaunt Music hail from Newcastle and London and they’re set to raise the stakes in Room Three with residents, Blackhall & Bookless and Richard Rowell inviting Chicago hero, Boo Williams to the booth. Boo has been part of the Windy City’s house music entourage since 1981, producing and remixing some of the best tracks of that era such as “Flashback” and citing Glenn Underground as the reason he first got into music production. Check is Fabric interview here.
77a Charterhouse Street, Farringdon, London
23:00 – 08:00
“People ask what is Sankeys 3D. Well it is our 3rd year and therefore we are into the 3rd dimension of the club. Obviously we had an amazing season last year, so we need to come out this summer all guns blazing. We are again making quite a few changes around the club as we grow towards an organic development of the venue. We will be totally transforming The Box as we put in a brand new sound system designed by New York’s Anthem Productions set to blow your mind as we reconfigure the room with a 3D element. The opening parties are just the beginning of it all, but wait until you hear about the rest of the programme we have at Sankeys this summer to be announced throughout February. I am so excited that I am about to burst and want to tell you all now, but I can’t…” – David Vincent
On the back of a stunning second season last year that saw it become the go-to spot for cutting edge club sounds and raucous party vibes thanks to residencies from Enzo Siragusa’s Fuse, Solomun’s Diynamic Neon Nights, Steve Lawler’s VIVa Warriors and of course Carnival, Sankeys Ibiza returns for 2013 ripe and ready to deliver their finest summer of events to date.
Dishing up the finest shades of house, techno and electronica, proceedings will be kicked off with a double dose of opening parties in late May.
The new 2013 season of VIVa Warriors will see multi-award winning Steve Lawler further emphasize his pivotal role on the island of Ibiza over the last 15 years, where his bold musical dexterity and underground attitude is now securely installed in the Sankeys Basement ready to lead his suitably impressive array of Warriors talent.
He will be supported by Darius Syrossian who is an essential addition to the line-up, while the on-point Nina Kraviz also returns after a superb performance at last year’s closing parties. Joining them will be Mosca, Shadow Child and Waze & Odyssey, who’ll each bring their own take on house and electronica to the first opening party.
In Spektrum, Troupe Records will be hosting the hotly-tipped Finnebassen who’ll be making his Sankeys Ibiza debut after being the most requested artist in a Facebook poll asking fans who should play at the opening parties. Indeed, the Norwegian’s form was too good to ignore thanks to last year’s dancefloor bombs “If You Only Knew” and “Touching Me”. Playing alongside him is emerging DJ/Producer Charlie Banks, whose pin-sharp EPs for Hypercolour and Dirty Crew Recordings belie his 19 years of age.
Day two sees the hugely anticipated return of Diynamic boss Solomun, inarguably one of the world’s hottest DJs and producers having scooped a multitude of awards. The big man has a sixth sense for bringing the party and will be getting the Sankeys basement jumping alongside fellow label mates H.O.S.H and David August.
The legendary Cajmere will also be gracing the disco with his presence, after king-hitting dancefloors during two superb performances last year, during Radio 1′s Weekend in Ibiza recorded live at the club, and part two of the classic closing party in October. Adding a more percussive shade of house to the brew is Just Be (Bushwacka!) who delivers every time he plays, while U Wanna Escape’s Luis Groove and Alex Picone join the line-up alongside the highly touted Antonio Piacquadio, a regular at Sankeys Manchester and soon to be resident of Sankeys NY, which is set to open this summer.
With the club set to formally announce its seven weekly residencies throughout February and plenty of surprises in store, Sankeys Ibiza 2013 is only just warming up for what’s destined to be its biggest season to date.
Thursday 23 May – Opening Party 1: Steve Lawler, Nina Kraviz, Finnebassen, Mosca, Darius Syrossian, Shadow Child, Waze & Odyssey, Hot Since 82, Charlie Banks, Jonathan Cowan.
Friday 24 May – Opening Party 2: Solomun, H.O.S.H., David August, Cajmere, Just Be (Bushwacka!), Alex Picone, Bones, Antonio Piacquadio, Luis Groove.
Plus the party continues…
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This mini break is specially designed for those who want to jet over and rejuvenate with the splendour of the Sankeys opening parties, experience 48 hours of the world’s top DJs, catch a few rays and set to the sea with the Sankeys Boat Party, while having all accommodation covered at the Beach front hotel – Jet apartments. Only £130 per person including accommodation and entry to all events. Bookings Here.
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After performing an incredible back2back set with Matthias Tanzmann for Return To The Future some months back in London, Davide Squillace returns to give the city an insight into his latest project This And That. This new blueprint aims to combine music, art and culture to provide a platform for like-minded artists to develop a host of creative projects. Squillace has created a place for producers and visual artists to work with free reign, not being restricted by anything apart from their own imagination.
At this night London Wearhouse Events team up with This And That to bring the same lines of thinking; presenting Squillace and providing the stage for a night of groundbreaking house and techno. The host for such an occasion will be one of London’s most characteristic and unusual warehouse spaces.
This And That
Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane, Shoreditch, London
22:00 – 06:00
As the colder months of 2013 get replaced with the thoughts of a new exciting spring and summer ahead, it’s fair to say Circus have whipped up another triple-decker slice of dance music’s hottest names in current circulation. This April witnesses a fusion of the most sought-after house and techno names coming together in one of the most exciting venues in the UK – tantalisingly made more prescient by Egg London’s tenth birthday celebrations just round the corner.
Headlining will of course be Yousef. Four months into the year and the man behind Circus’s exultant achievements, he’ll be taking control of the decks for another incredible night in the capital. Already Yousef can count California, Florida, Barcelona and Italy ticked off his list as he gradually spreads his victory across the UK and the rest of the world, and he will be releasing Circus Recordings X this month. A collection of individual tracks prepared by guests and friends of Circus especially for the label and it will feature a mixed and unmixed disc including music from Guti, Kerri Chandler, Derrick Carter, DJ Sneak, Butch, Paul Ritch and Carl Cox.
Elsewhere release wise, Defected have delivered further backing to the underground growth of Circus Recordings after the end of 2012 success of “Beg”, with “Think Twice” released backed by Catz ‘N Dogz and Fred Everything remixes. And he’s maintained the ability to unearth new talent, with the label continuing to showcase the future sounds of the dancefloor.
Joining him will be none other than Josh Wink. The Philadelphia native has been an ever present tycoon of techno and house for the past two decades, a die-hard exponent of the familiar gargle of acid house that was first brought to the masses via his monolithic “Higher State of Consciousness” back in 1995. He’s since been ever present in the minds of anyone interested in electronic music, a reassuring stateside bastion of the underground.
Get Physical’s DJ T is also in attendance, fresh off producing a captivating collection of some of the best work the label has released to mark the ten year anniversary, including Booka Shade, Catz ‘N Dogz, Samim, Fuckpony and many more. His wide ranging take on electronic music will provide the perfect counterpart to Yousef and Josh. Completing the bill will be eclectic duo Smash TV, who have thrilled audiences around the world with their ecstatic electronic imagination and will no doubt be showcases elements form their forthcoming debut album, due to release on Get Physical.
A great taste of what DJ T and Smash TV will be injecting into their Get Physical showcase at Vertigo Festival this year.
Egg, 200 York Way, London
23:00 – 06:00
Dance music bible Mixmag join forces with London-based promoters What Matters to present a brand new and unique concept for London clubbing – the 501 Series which will see nine monthly events taking place at unusual venues around London with one headline DJ, one intimate space, no bigger than 500 capacity creating the perfect environment for a serious underground party all night long. Featuring some of the biggest names in House, Deep House, Techno, nu-indie and nu-disco all playing exclusive 6-8 hour sets, the 501 Series is going to raise the bar in terms of London events providing a unique, memorable, intimate and exclusive experience for serious music lovers.
Kicking off the series is one of the most important names on the House and Tech-House scene, Spanish producer Uner. With releases on esteemed labels such as Cadenza, Diynamic, Get Physical, 2020 Vision, Cecille and Visionquest, Uner’s music flows out of clubs like Berlin’s Watergate, Space in Ibiza and festivals like Sonar, Monegros and Rock in Rio. In 2012 he not only reached the Top 100 Most Charted Artists on Resident Advisor but had three of his tracks featured in their 100 Most Charted Tracks too. Uner will be doing an exclusive 6 hour set especially for the 501 Series so expect to be taken on a journey through house and techno like only this man can do.
For this event the 501 Series team has chosen one of London’s most innovative venues, the Westbourne Studios, located on Acklam Road this venue has been said to fit the 501 ethos perfectly. It’s unique, it’s chic and has a great sound system included and the team seem positive this will be the perfect launch pad for this series of events.
This event will be an official warm up party for Vertigo Festival, a brand new festival taking place in the heart of the Italian Mountains from 15 – 17 August 2013.
Westbourne Studios, Acklam Road, London
Loco Dice is a man with a huge reputation and if history tells us anything it’s that he knows how to throw one hell of a party. Renowned for his extensive sets and unrivalled energy the March bank holiday weekend saw his Desolat family take over London’s venue, Electric Brixton. After the original Sunday rapidly sold out an additional date was quickly added giving birth to Saturdays line-up; Hector, Martin Buttrich, Robert Dietz, Guti and Loco Dice.
Walking through Brixton you could instantly feel the energy in the air, a wonderful variety of cultures and nationalities were descending upon Electric Brixton for a night of sensational underground house music. We were not disappointed.
Now firstly, I must admit Electric Brixton has to be taken with a pinch of salt, it is not an exclusive clubbing venue so the acoustics are never going to be fantastic for electronic music. Also if you are a fan of warehouse raves, this probably isn’t going to do it for you. I on the other hand quite like it, it’s nice to have diverse clubbing spaces. What it does offer is two tiers much like a theatre, adding a unique feel to the clubbing experience and its raised stage provides great opportunity for some fascinating production. Everything about the night was accomplished with precision and the execution was flawless. Both the entry and cloakroom queues were fast and controlled and bar service was great considering it was a sell out event. Even the venues narrow corridors which can quickly get overcrowded were quick to be resolved by the door staff. Over the years I have seen various showcases held here, including both Cocoon and Cadenza but this has been hands down my favourite.
Hector opened the night and perfectly demonstrated how a warm up set should be performed. It seems to be something of a lost art nowadays with huge line-ups of artists playing whatever whenever, thankfully the Desolat crew know how do their job and they do it bloody well. He supplied us with a fine selection of downtempo tech-house and raw, gutsy deep house, never picking up the pace too fast. Subtle fades, long breaks and extended mixes helped ease the ever growing crowd into his hypnotic march. It was a march that was only destined for one place; the relentless stomp of Loco Dice by 5am.
When it was time for Martin Buttrich to take centre stage the tempo had quickened and the crowd had thickened but never to the point of being overcrowded. Playing live for 45 minutes he cycled through some of his greatest productions with tracks like his “Around The Bay Remix” provoking amazing reaction. He presented us with a sound much more industrial to Hectors and a handful of techno tracks had even made an appearance before Robert Dietz took over.
Having seen Dietz at this exact venue on Boxing Day 2011 and being a big fan of the Cadenza boys, I knew the onslaught we were in for, doing what he knows best he most certainly did not disappoint. The atmosphere had reached a new high and Dietz now had everybody eating out of his hands, a thrashing of upbeat, balearic influenced tech-house hit the crowd. Looking calm, collected and focused he mixed with finesse whilst the huge drops and unrelenting bass-lines kept the crowd moving. Dietz never plays nice and the music never lets up, there is little resting time when he is performing.
Guti was the last hurdle before the Desolat main man was to take over and like Martin Buttrich he was playing live. I am a huge fan of Guti and in my eyes he can do very little wrong. His productions show real essence of musicality, something that is often lost in electronic music and his live performances are full of energy. As is usual with Guti he pioneered a real Latin infused sound and showcased much of his own music, including tracks “The Other Side Of Hustler”, which I am still awaiting for release since hearing last June. Watching him bound around his array of hardware behind the decks is always inspiring to see and he was responsible for what was the magical moment of the night. The lights were up, everybody had their phones recording and a warm melody partnered with some serene chords captured everybody’s heart, like an excitable child I quickly went to facebook to ask him the track name, he tells me its a new track off the album!
This meant it was now time for the infamous Loco Dice, the dance floor had started to ever so slightly thin out, leaving a dense crowd of Loco Veterans. Straight from the get go he played a much harder sound. Short breakdowns, fast mixing and heavy use of delay, reverb and echo, this is the Loco Dice trademark. It is obvious once you go and see Dice play why he is revered as one of the greatest DJ’s on the planet. Accompanied by some extravagant visuals, the production of his set came into its own, mind bending shapes and images spiralled around the backdrop of Dice, leaving on-line an outline of him jolting behind the decks to be seen. Armed with his Desolat vinyls he played much of the 5 Years Desolat album with tracks like Shlomi Aber’s “Mancha” but also some new favourites like Pirupa’s “Bam” (out on 08 April) and Stop Files “Cichito”.
Desolat have once again shown they can throw an exquisite party, my only criticism is that I would love to see more of Guti and Buttirch Live, unfortunately there are just not enough hours in a night. Electric Brixton also did a sublime job, it was an event that could of easily been oversold and run risk of being ruined, thankfully this didn’t happen. Everything about the people we met, the music we heard and the service provided was top notch. To both Electric Brixton and Desolat… I look forward to hopefully seeing you again soon.
Bunker Bloc is on a mission. A mission to showcase exceptional underground UK and international talent, spreading the love and spirit of house music, at unique and unconventional venues in cities throughout the UK, from London, Essex, Birmingham, Manchester, Brighton, Newcastle and more.
For its launch in the capital, Bunker Bloc is teaming up with Fondation Records to celebrate their newest release, Marc Ashken’s “Better Place” EP.
To showcase a selection of some of the underground’s finest champions of the deeper 4/4 side of life, Bunker Bloc have chosen one of the most loved and unique spaces in East London, the Victorian Vaults. Based in Old Street, right in the heart of the East London buzz, the 19th century old headquarters of the United Kingdom Tea Company Ltd with its alcoves and high ceilings will form an incredible backdrop to Bunker Bloc’s incredible London lineup.
Headlining is Fuse resident, Alex Arnout, whose twenty years of experience in the game marks him out as one of London’s true house veterans. Be it trip hop, broken beat, or house, Arnout has always been experimental and innovative. He’s released on Crosstown Rebels, Phonetic, Hot Creations and Fear Of Flying but it’s through his own imprint, Dogmatik, that he’s been able to really champion the deep house sounds of himself and those around him.
Famously launching the career of Maya Jane Coles, Dogmatik is today the strongest it’s ever been, flying the flag in 2013 for eclectic and extremely playable house music, a club sound that’s hard to disregard especially when selected and mixed so effortlessly by Arnout himself.
Also bringing the noise is Danton Eeprom, the French-born, London-based force best known for his collaboration with Radio Slave on the techno classic “Grindhouse”. With his second album “All Dressed Up And Nowhere To Go” being released imminently and the revival of his label Fondation Records, 2013 is looking to be the prime moment to exercise his itchy fingers and restless pursuit for innovation.
Leftroom‘s Marc Ashken, the true centre of the party, will be celebrating the launch of his new EP, “Better Place” on Fondation Music, after a hectic 2012 in which he had releases on Get Physical, OKO, Save You and many more.
Lastly, David Frank, co-founder and resident DJ of Bunker Bloc, completes the bill with his upfront and fresh sounds. Having grown up with a musical background and extreme passion for beats, it was only natural that he is behind the exciting new project that is Bunker Bloc
Guerilla Sounds has one pair of VIP tickets to give away to a lucky winner and their friend to experience this momentous night. To be in with a chance of winning these tickets, simply send an email to email@example.com with the subject title as Bunker Bloc VIP and answer the following question: -
- What is the name of Alex Arnout’s label?
All entries must be received by 15:00 (GMT) on Friday 12 April, when the winner will be announced.
Victorian Vaults, Great Eastern Street, London
23:30 – 06:30
The city of Detroit is undisputedly the origin point of techno. Even today it’s still heralded and respected as techno’s birth place and the city still manages to continue innovating. As well as housing the founding fathers of the movement, the city has inspired fresh generations of talent, each with their own desire built on the city’s solid techno foundations. At fabric this Easter weekend they welcome a selection of artists from the Motor City who operate across these generational lines, bringing two distinctive visions of the future of music along with them: the old and the new.
Taking inspiration from the Mayan prophets and the parties they all enjoyed in Detroit during their formative raving years, Visionquest will be bringing their own hopes for a new phase of party-making to Room One. The four sided DJ outfit made up of Seth Troxler, Lee Curtiss, Ryan Crosson and Shaun Reeves are set to launch their Visionquest 13 tour with fabric being what will be their only London club date together this year.
“The ‘Thirteen’ concept is to create a series of thirteen immersive environments where we alter spaces that you may already know”, comments Troxler.
“We’re stripping it back from what you might know and refocusing on what’s important, which is the connection between us and the people who are there”, Reeves continues. “There’s a lot in the theme of the event about the old cultures and new cultures, the old and new paradigm on a big scale and a small scale in our lives”.
Then, across Rooms Two and Three, Kevin Saunderson, who alongside Juan Atkins and Derrick May was himself part of the movement that birthed the techno music we love, will be presenting ‘Curators of Techno‘. A new project established to set the old and new guards of Detroit talent side by side, ‘Curators of Techno’ shows respect for both generations inviting them to interact with each other and simultaneously present each of their own sonic identities. “It’s about the evolution of Detroit techno and the way that the originators have influenced the talent that followed”, Saunderson explains. “The main aim of the tour is to let the world experience this great history of producers/DJs, from the beginning of Detroit’s early days up until the current, working together on the stage and performing”.
In Room Two Saunderson will be calling on Kenny Larkin, a musical innovator in his own right who found home on the iconic European labels R&S, Warp and Peacefrog, to bring his sci-fi techno soul to the proceedings alongside sets from Saunderson himself and Kyle Hall. A definitive product of the new wave of Detroit, Wild Oats label founder Hall has firm alliances with his Michigan forefathers having provided a recording home for Anthony ‘Shake’ Shakir and Scott Grooves, but more importantly he’s defiantly forged his own path, with his own productions garnering the same kind of international respect his older cohorts also command.
Room Three is where all of this motoric energy will come to a head though, as Patrice Scott, a Detroit native who himself is directly inspired by Saunderson’s work, will be anchoring the room as well as going back to back with Kyle Hall. Alongside a back to back performance from Saunderson and Seth Troxler, this’ll be the spot where the old school really collides with the new, with the two physically jostling against each other to create something new, fresh and completely unique.
Visionquest Thirteen – Curators of Techno
fabric, 77a Charterhouse Street, London
23:00 – 08:00