Berlin’s Eeeeeek The Beats returns with promising talent…
Eeeeeek The Beats returns to Berlin’s nightlife with one of the UK’s young guns, Will Crawshaw. He is only 21 years old and is regarded in the UK as a musical prodigy; at 13, he played his first set in Bradford, released his own tracks at 17 and by 20 he had international bookings. His own party series Beat Street is one of the most sought after in the north of England. Tracks like “My Friend” and “Fifteen Years Young” shows the range of his sound – funky with driving basslines – influenced by House, Deep House, but also Techno and Hip Hop.
Joining Will Crawshaw on the night is the young and wild DDNose, one of the most talented DJ duos in the city. Worth listening to all who know how to appreciate a well-placed bassline and 90′s vocals. Plus additional support from from Moses; a rising talent for Portugal who recently made the switch to Berlin.
Eeeeeek The Beats
Fiese Remise, Köpenicker Str. 18-20, Kreuzberg, Berlin
Highgrade and Mobilee partnership taken to Zurich…
Berlin lands in Zurich with pure love this August! With numbers rounding to 900,000 attendees yearly, Zurich’s Street Parade is currently the most attended techno parade in Europe and continues to be one of the safest mass events in the world.
After Tama Sumo and Nick Hoppner sent spirits soaring at the last Melt, it seems that they want to continue showcasing some of Berlin’s finest underground DJ talent and building on their ever growing connection with Ostgut-Ton.
Spreekader is a Berlin night that has enjoyed many successful times at some of Berlin’s most popular locations, spreading its vibrant Tech-House and Minimal-Techno sound across the city. Now, Spreekader is set to bring that spirit and sound to London.
Huge Canadian influence set to take control of Watergate…
February seems to be the month where Watergate demonstrates why it is one of the best clubs in Berlin, Europe, and according to past polls, the world. yet, most likely the club does this almost effortlessly, as booking quality is second nature to the venue. And February seems to be that little bit more special.
The one in particular is also that, which will be looking to kick start the month, as we get a double dose of Canadian class with Wagon Repair’s Mathew Jonson and Konrad Black.
“What matters most, above all else, is what comes through the speakers,” says Detroit’s Ryan Elliott. “It must be the right track at the right time, delivered in the right way”. Nobody knows this better than Elliott, whose distinction as an internationally respected DJ, remixer, and one-half of Spectral Sound’s A&R team has grown steadily over his decade-plus behind the decks. They don’t hand out “DJ’s DJ” reputations at the club door, and Elliott’s is well-earned and well-deserved.
Ryan Elliott’s early days included legendary residencies at Ann Arbor’s Goodnight Gracies and Detroit’s Shelter, which soon gave way to a rigorous international travel schedule. He began working crowds at clubs and festivals around the world, from NYC’s Guggenheim Museum to Barcelona’s Sonar by Night, and tailoring his approach to each show with a meticulous ear and a bottomless record collection. Influenced by his hometown staples (Axis, Purpose Maker, M Plant, and UR) along with international labels like Perlon, Playhouse, and early Kompakt, Ryan inhabits his kick drums, becoming an extension of the music and vice versa.
2009 saw Elliott relocating to Berlin to further his focus on DJing, production, and helming Spectral Sound’s growing roster from a newly international perspective. “Berlin and Detroit may not look the same, but they feel the same…” he says. “The connection isn’t just in the music, but also in both cities rough edges and honest hearts”.
Ryan Elliot’s sound remains unchanged: bassline-driven techno and house reduced to their essence, thoughtfully calibrated to drive crowds out of their minds. The time is right, the tracks are right, and Ryan Elliott is exactly where he needs to be.
Arnaud Le Texier
French born artist Arnaud Le Texier started Safari Electronique in London, 2005. An artist with plenty of knowledge and substance behind him, Arnaud had been on the electronic music scene for over 10 years before commencing with Safari Electronique. Arnaud’s career dates back to 1990 when he first began managing record shops and building what is now a huge archive of knowledge, taste and musical dedication to his name. His five year residency at Paris’s Queen and memorable sets around Europe over the years that followed perfected Arnaud’s DJing skills, earning him his spot in the worldwide scene where he continues to this day to be a prominent DJ and production figure. At the beginning of 2006 Arnaud decided to live in London where he played at T Bar, Minimal Hospital, Secret Sundaze, Bread & Butter, Half Baked, Multi Vitamins and has been a regular DJ at Fabric for the last 5 years. Last September he made quite of an impression when he rammed room 2 of Fabric for Safari Electronique 5 years anniversary, along side Antonio De Angelis, D’Julz and David Labeij. In 2009 Safari Numerique was born, the little sister of Safari Electronique. On this digital version Arnaud wants to push more upcoming talents with a sound more deep house and deep techno. Arnaud is a perfect blend of natural talent and raw flare with very distinctive music. He produced different EP’s & remixes for Bass Culture, 20:20 Vision, SCI + TEC, Multivitamins, Climatic Sounds and Children of Tomorrow. Through his focus on music quality and originality, as well as his performances on an international level, Arnaud Le Texier is becoming one of the leaders in electronic sound.
Maura has had a captivating presence on the London music circuit for years. With a release on Leftroom Records under her belt, she is cementing a name for herself in London and abroad. Standing out for spinning vinyl, she plays from the heart regardless of musical trends, showcasing a carefully researched and timeless selection. Maura’s dynamic sets and signature deep sound have gained her spots in London’s hottest parties, allowing her to play at Fabric, T-Bar, The End & AKA, in addition to countless warehouse events, sharing the decks alongside industry heavyweights such as Guti, Argy, Matthias Tanzmann, Christian Burkhardt, DJ W!ld, and Ekkohaus to name a few.
Maura – Weekend Circuit Podcast
Originating from Sydney, Monika has been engulfed in the electronic music scene since 2000. Being at the forefront of underground deep and tech house she began establishing a name for herself playing at intimate clubs involved with Sydney’s intricate scene. It was during this time that Monika got involved in radio and landed a slot hosting and producing ‘Frequency’, FBI Radio’s Friday night electronic show. Fresh on the scene both behind the decks and on the air her innovative style and approach to broadcasting proved to have an infectious effect on her listeners both on the air and in the clubs.
Since residing in London in 2008, she soon established herself within London’s music scene. The east’s magnetic culture along with the discovery of ambitious London artists and Labels proved to be a substantial influence on her music. Monika Ross’s mixing style is marked by deep, percussive and diverse sounds with soulful bass lines and unique vocal elements.
Melt Music meets Ostgut Ton – Berghain / Panorama Resident
Secret Location TBA, London
23:00 – 07:00
Berghain falls short at representing the underground culture…
Coming from London I always thought it was such a diverse city with a rich underground culture, but sadly to say over the last few years I’ve found that it’s diversity has been slowly slipping away as, what may have been numerous cultural genres, have now filtering down into a mire handful. And with this, it seems that the underground scene had diminished, especially with the closure of numerous underground clubs, bars and record shops. But it seems that the closure of these venues has opened up a door way to a scene of smaller more intimate venues in some interesting set-ups. A scene, which has been said to compare with that of Berlin. But does it?
Well a weekend in Berlin was on the cards and time to check out the underground vibe of Berlin. First impressions of the city really gives off an underground feel with interesting shops or bars almost at even turn. A trip down to Prenzlauer Berg really resonates this underground vibe with a slight hip, upbeat twist. With countless bars and cafés, interestingly different shops and numerous vinyl shops, you would probably expect things to be vibrant and full of life. Well the answer is… not quite. It’s got life and movement but on a much more laidback level. For a city, things are extremely chilled with people playing music on the street, and others chilling out drinking a beer, soaking up the atmosphere.
But the main two objectives whilst in this city was to make it to the Distortion Backyard Party and of course Berghain. So by 6:30pm Saturday afternoon we make it down to an old swimming complex hosting the Distortion Backyard Party. At that time they only hand the terrace open, with DJs, bar and barbeque, but shortly after our arrival, the smaller swimming pool was opened, which was quite impressive. Windows were obscured to dim the light, the pool was emptied and the DJ console was installed down at the deep end, with everyone inside the pool dancing away to the electronic grooves of the DJ. A unique set-up, which probably out weights any old warehouse that other parties may have to offer.
With jam packed weekend in Berlin, the idea was to head down to Berghain around Sunday lunchtime as it was running right through until late Sunday evening. So we make our way down to the club and there are only a dozen people in line. As we arrive we witness a couple get refused entry to the club with no explanation, and most of the people after were “granted” entry but only after severe looks of examination and questions like, “How many of you?” and “How old are you?” from hard attitude, sincere looking bouncers. During this time the atmosphere was grim, no one was joyful or seemed content about entering the club. They seemed more phased by the first couple being refused entry, and so were we, wondering what kind of place creates such a feeling. As we get to the front of the line, we get a severe eye-balling from the bouncer who then casually looks back down at his phone saying that we can’t come in. Naturally, the question “Why not?” was put forwards, which was immediately responded with a carefree “Because we don’t want you?”.
I was left walking away with absolute amazement and disbelief. I felt like I had just been refused from one of London most posh venues because I wasn’t dressed-up enough. I thought the underground scene was all about people feeling free to enjoy the music they love. I thought it was about people on a buzz of anticipation whilst in line waiting to get in a cool venue to listen to cool music, instead of worrying about whether or not you’re going get past the judgment of a bouncer, based on… on what exactly? Is this really the kind of image we want representing the underground culture?
On one hand we have Fabric in London letting in almost anything and everything, to the point where you have chicks in high heels and shorts skirts, dolled up with more make-up than a cake has icing. An image which personally I don’t feel goes hand-in-hand with the underground image. Then on the other hand, we have Berghain doing selection without sense. Could this just be there way of retaining that air of being special? Who knows!…
None the less, if you do ever get refused from Berghain, don’t worry too much, just get yourself down to Suicide Circus, which is right next to Warschauer Straße station. Follow the spray painted arrows through this old warehouse looking area to the door of entry and you’ll find your way into a crazy looking beach shack area with some fine music, crazy people and a free vibe.
This week’s round up has grown massively since the previous issue of “Weekend Round Up”, showing off some very amazing night in some of the hot spots of the underground club scene over Europe.
A few weeks back we had published an article about a massive weekend in London and once again, the capital is going to be pumping. Friday night will be the starter of things to come with Krafty Kuts headlining a breaks night and Dan Ghenacia and friends partying away in Hewitt Street Car Park. But it’s Saturday night which is going to kill you and not just for the long hours of partying or the massive line ups. More for the fact that you’ll be completely spoilt for choice as not only will fabric be celebrating its birthday with a massive night, which seems more like a marathon, but there are also the infamous nights; “Wiggle” and “Shake It!”. And that’s without mentioning that Ivan Smagghe and Derrick Carter will also be gracing the London with their presence.
In fact we would be interested to know which one of these nights would tickle your fancy more….
Brixton Academy – DOOM Extremely Rare London Show London (England) 19:00
DOOM (aka MF Doom), Hudson Mohawke, The Herbaliser, Jamie XX
The Faversham – Technique – Free Party (Album Launch Tour) Leeds (England) 21:00
Magda, Marc Houle (Live), David Martin, Jay Kilka, Christian Maiden, Paul Kaminski, Brad Mercer, Matt Long
7-9 Crucifix Lane – Counter Culture presents. London (Engalnd) 22:00 – 06:00
Krafty Kuts, DJ Fresh, Cookie Monsta, Slyde, Drumattic Twins, Cut La Roc, Plaza De Funk, Peo De Pitte, 2t Thugs, Drum Monkeys, Scoundrels
Hewitt Street Car Park – Freak N’ Chic London (England) 22:00 – 06:00
Dan Ghenacia, Dyed Soundorom, Djebali, Chrissy Maranello, Lee Rands, Shaun & Ellis, Stevie T
Piccadilly Train Station – The Warehouse Project presents MINUS Manchester (England) 21:30 – 05:30
Richie Hawtin, Magda, Marc Houle (Live), Ambivalent, Krysko, Greg Lord
Motion Skate Park – Bloc Launch Party Bristol (England) 22:00 – 05:00
Green Velvet, Claude VonStroke, Andrew Weatherall, October, Vent, Julio Bashmore, Jo Hart, Placid, Damian Schneider, Scuba, Ramadanman, Appleblim, Al Tourettes
Thekla – Play 8th Birthday Finale Bristol (England) 10:00 – 04:00
Layo & Bushwacka!, Deep Groove, Dirty Dollz House
Watergate – Clubmotoren Berlin (Germany) 24:00
Ellen Allien, Kiki, Marco Resmann, Kassette Boys, Sebastian Wilck, Renato Ratier
Robert-Johnson – Hotel Arpiar Frankfurt (Germany) 24:00
Ricardo Villalobos, Rhadoo
Pika – Just Married! Verona (Italy) 10:00 – 04:00
Derrick May, Alex Mastini
Magazzini Generali – Into The Great Wide Yonder Tour Milano (Italy)
fabric – 11th Birthday London (England) 23:00 – 05:00 (monday)
Ricardo Villalobos, Craig Richards, Lee Burridge, Tyrant, Terry Francis, Ame (Live), Damian Lazarus, Dixon, dOP (Live), Floating Points, Levon Vincent, Move D, Ryan Crosson, Stacey Pullen, Tobi Neumann, Trus’me
Paramount – Wiggle London (England) 23:00 – 08:00 (see after party @ Jaded)
Clive Henry, Nathan Coles, Terry Francis, Eddie Richards, Lewis Ryder
Hideout – Shake It! London (England) 23:00 – 07:00
Layo & Bushwacka!, Magda, Marc Houle (Live)
22-26 Farringdon Lane – A Night With… Ivan Smagghe London (England) 23:00 – 06:00
Cable – We Fear Silence presents Metalheadz London (England) 22:00 – 06:00
Goldie, Noisia, Fabio, Alix Perex & Jubei, Logistics & Commix, Lenzman, Heist, FD, Redlight, Storm, DJ Die aka Blue Fontaine, Kito MCs: SP:MC, Justyce, AD
East Village – Jack With Derrick Carter London (England) 21:00 – 05:00
Derrick Carter, Stuart Patterson, Karl Gonsalez, Severino, Dan Hill
Suicide Circus – Uschimania Berlin (Germany) 23:59 – 09:59
Ewan Pearson, Spencer Parker, Matthew Styles
Tenax Firenze (Italy)
Cable – Jaded (Wiggle Afterparty) London (England) 05:00 – 13:00
Nathan Coles, Claus Voigtmann, Raymundo Rodriguez, plus a surprise guest