It’s set to be loud and bold in the Discoteca on 05 August when ‘We Love’ invite Chew The Fat! to host proceedings. Felix Da Housecat’s trademark Chicago noise is complemented by James Zabiela’s across the board electronica and Foamo’s rave friendly rhythms. Resident Jason Bye and exciting South London duo Disclosure bring the warehouse vibes to complete the room’s lineup. On the Terraza, 2manydjs appear with the the Dutch 4/4 funk of Joris Voorn and renowned Italian producer Stefano Noferini. The warm tech-house of Deetron and deep record box of resident Ryan O’Gorman also feature through the night.
The Discoteca welcomes Carl Craig to the table on 22 July. Detroit’s finest musical export appears in addition to Dutchman Joris Voorn whose sets have grown to mythic proportion over recent We Love seasons. The techy Swiss sounds of Deetron are up after the sweet beats of seasoned campaigner Ryan O’Gorman. On the Terraza it’s a return for the delectable melodies of Miss Kittin, a true original and unique musical force. She’s joined by something of a Leeds triptych with residents PBR Streetgang and Paul Woolford being joined by 2020Vision honcho Ralph Lawson.
The Innervisions crew return to We Love Space on 15 July for their second of four exclusive shows this summer. Musical savant Dixon performs along with the Âme live show. There’s also a rare appearance for Poker Flat boss Steve Bug and the colours of Caribbean dancehall and hip hop channelled through hands of house with Aquarius Heaven. Summer resident Ryan O’Gorman completes the room’s lineup. In the Discoteca, Chew The Fat! present Dirtybird boss Claude VonStroke alongside a French Swiss collaboration of Deetron vs. Oxia. Residents Foamo and Jem Haynes fill the gaps and round up the main room.
Electronic music and DJ culture lie at a crossroads at this moment in time. In one direction, the vinyl purists and fetishists, clinging onto the black gold that begat the entire art and culture of mixing. In the other, the technophiles who value convenience speed and the infinite possibilities that digital mixing offers. But who said you had to pick a side?
Ever innovative and creative, Swiss melodic techno bastion Deetron has chosen to embrace both the past and present of mixing disciplines on Balance 20, showing that the two can indeed live together in harmony – or even synergy – and underlining the qualities and nuances of each school of thought. Bringing his wealth of experience that has seen him release on labels from Music Man to Green to Rejected to Circus Company to Versatile, he has created something truly inspirational.
“I chose to use both digital and analogue formats since I’m using both when I’m playing out” he explains. “This compilation is a celebration of the gorgeous format that is vinyl and a praise for the endless possibilities the digital world has to offer”. To that end, Disc 1 was mixed digitally, with additional production and editing in Cubase and Wavelab, and Disc 2 was recorded with three turntables and an Allen & Heath mixer – and some very special dubplates. The track selection and structure of each of these two sublime mixes lovingly and carefully reflects that inherent choice of medium, while at all times reminding the listener why his highly accessible, humanistic sound is so widely cherished and embraced.
Deetron’s Balance 20 mix takes in seminal classics, exclusives, rare cuts, lesser-known gems, and a healthy blend of big names and underground heroes, with his blend of thoughtful techno and scintillating, moving melody stamped all over it. “It’s really exciting and challenging, especially these days” he says of the process of putting together the mix. “The beginning of the process could be compared to crate-digging in a record store and going through hundreds of pieces of music. The more difficult part is to make the final selection and to put these tracks together in the mix with a good flow.”
Giving a nod to the past and some of the all-time greats, he cites !K7′s blueprint-setting X-Mix series as a key source of inspiration; a collection of mixes which showed that techno was about much more than just kicks, loops and stabs. “Those mixes had a big impact on me when they were released in the early/mid-nineties. I’ve had those in mind – especially the Laurent Garnier one – because of their cinematic approach and dramaturgy.”
Disc 1 sees Deetron make full use of the possibilities at his fingertips. Mixes drift in and out of focus, with loops perfectly selected to segue and compliment their counterparts. It’s always sleek; never cluttered. Our selector engages us with the blissful tones of “Nine” from hugely influential electronic pioneers Autechre and a tease of Model 500′s twinkling “Infoworld”, giving the intro section a – whisper it – Balearic warmth and grace. Detroit-style beauty comes from Unabombers’ take on Shit Robot’s “Losing My Patience”, arpeggiated proto-trance lushness from Todd Terje’s “Bonysh” and unclassifiable hypnotic magic from DJ Koze’s “The Geklöppel Continues”. Melodies and intriguing textures arrive thick and fast, with momentary lapses into more leftfield territories to keep us on our toes. Move D is drafted in for some jazzy piano action on “Your Personal Healer”, leading into round two of Terje’s epic odyssey “Ragysh” and rude analogue techno on Carl Craig’s re-rub of old school legends System 7.
We’re pulled deep into the stunning collaboration between Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, Four Tet and the elusive Burial, “Ego”, midway through the mix, and a little funk colours the mix via Maceo Plex’s “You & Me”. Caribou’s remix of Virgo Four’s “It’s A Crime” ups the ante again, unexpectedly bursting into a flurry of acidic sexiness and hazy, fuzzy synth chords, the dashing violins of Mr. Beatnick’s “Synthetes taking us in a different direction next, and Cavalier’s “Kaimanawa” bringing skippy deep house flavour to the table. Ratcliffe’s take on Throbbing Gristle’s seminal “Hot On The Heels Of Love” lays its emotion-drenched chords under loops of Nicolas Jaar’s detached voice mesmerizingly, the mix soaring to dizzy new heights before LV, Message To Bears and Zaki Ibrahim’s sumptuously minimal and soulful “Explode” sucks us deep into the void. A dubbed-out closing section gives way to an eccentric finale, in the form of Savage Progress bugged-out and vampy “Heart Begin To Beat”.
Over on Disc 2, our host shows us that you don’t need bells and whistles to produce a highly creative mix. The mixing is tight and imaginative, but gently roughed edges in places remind you that you’re dealing with real DJing skills, and not simple beat grid syncing. It’s reassuring somehow; and pleasingly organic. We’re focused on straight-up house and techno grooves, keeping the momentum and energy high. Those golden melodies are not forgotten, though; heavenly piano chords on Ripperton’s “Swept Illusions” early on lead up to the afro-tech riffs and soulful vocals of Âme’s stunning reworking of Osunlade’s “Envision” and the shuffling, heady, effervescent charm of Deetron’s own “Croque”. The mix begins to pulse and thump heavily via cuts from Super Flu and Sneaker (the wild “You Think You Think”) and South London talent Wbeeza in old skool jack mode. Reggie Dokes’ blissed out piano beauty “Haiti” flies effortlessly over the top of a mysterious, snappy old skool tech house white label (Shed, in case you were wondering) – and then Romanthony joins the party. The dots between past and present, heritage, influence and re-interpretation are joined.
Simon Garcia’s tense Detroit chugger “Tears In Vain” takes the mix to a higher plane next, sublime Dutch techno leads into another dusty Four Tet gem, and Deetron then dispenses with the pleasantries and heads for the box marked ‘heads-down techno’. His edit of Radio Slave’s “Let It Rain” ups the tension, giving his skippy beast “Starblazer” the perfect setup, exploding in all its jacking, piano-driven glory for one of the compilation’s ultimate highlights. Retro-focused techno from Lone leads into actual retro techno from Derrick May, then an epic slice of Carl Craig magic – and what better way to finish than with an exclusive dubplate from our faithful curator? One of his finest moments to date, no less, this unreleased version of “Collide” rounds off the compilation in spine-tingling, fist-pumping, sensational fashion.
Balance 020: Deetron – Playlist
01. Autechre – Nine /// Warp
02. Reno Wurzbacher – Julischkaa /// Colombage
Model 500 – Infoworld (Loop) /// Transmat
03. Julio Bashmore – Craboon /// Future Boogie
04. Shit Robot – Losing My Patience (Unabombers remix) /// DFA
05. Todd Terje – Bonysh /// Running Back
06. BNJM – Blocks /// Rush Hour
07. DJ KOZE – The Geklöppel Continues /// Kompakt
08. Ricardo Villalobos – What’s Wrong My Friends /// Perlon
Wishmountain – Video /// Accidental
09. Move D – Your Personal Healer /// Uzuri
10. Todd Terje – Ragysh /// Running Back
11. System 7 – Positive Noise (Carl Craig Remix) /// A-Wave
12. Resonance – Yellow Train /// Vadim Music
13. Burial/Four Tet/Thom Yorke – Ego /// Text Records
14. Maceo Plex – You & Me /// Crosstown Rebels
15. Lawrence – Above The Sky /// Mule
16. Virgo Four – It’s A Crime (Caribou Remix) /// Rush Hour
17. Mr. Beatnick – Synthetes /// Don’t Be Afraid
18. Cavalier – Kaimanawa /// Drumpoet
19. Nicolas Jaar – Space Is Only Noise If You Can See (Dave Aju Remix) /// Circus Company
20. Throbbing Gristle – Hot On The Heels Of Love (Ratcliffe Remix) /// Throbbing Gristle
21. Avus – Reality Itself /// Border Community
22. LV & Message To Bears feat. Zaki Ibrahim – Explode /// 2nd Drop
23. Model 500 – Infoworld (Loop) /// Transmat
24. Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto – Pioneer IOO /// Raster Noton
25. Andy Stott – Tell Me Anything /// Modern Love
26. Savage Progress – Heart Begin to Beat /// Virgin
01. I:Cube – Un Dimanche Sans Fin /// Versatile
02. Substance – Relish (Shed Version) /// Scion Versions
03. Roots Panorama – Threee (Deetron Beats) /// Versatile
04. Ripperton – Swept Illusions – Caravan /// Unreleased
05. Osunlade – Envision (Ame Remix) /// Innervisions
06. Mampo Village – Descending of the Supernatural /// Sacred Rhythm
07. Deetron – Croque /// Unreleased
08. Super Flu – Hallo Halle /// Monaberry
09. Sneaker – You Think You Think /// Uncanny Valley
10. Mathew Jonson – Learning To Fly (Dub) /// M-nus
11. Wbeeza – A116 /// Third Ear
12. Reggie Dokes – Haiti /// Clone
13. WAX 30003 (B) /// Wax
14. Romanthony – Bring U Up (Deetron edit) /// Glasgow Underground
15. Mike Dehnert – Umlaut 2 /// Clone
16. Four Tet – Pinnacles /// Text Records
17. Redshape – Son of A /// Present
18. Simon Garcia – Tears In Vain /// Perspectiv
19. Johanna Knutsson – Heavy Baby (Minilogue’s cut for a cut) /// Klasse
20. Surgeon – The Crawling Frog is Torn and Smiles /// Dynamic Tension
21. Cosmin TRG – Fizic /// 50 Weapons
22. Radio Slave – Let It Rain (Deetron edit) /// Rekids
23. Deetron – Starblazer /// Rejected
24. Lone – Coreshine Voodoo /// R&S
25. Rhythm is Rhythm – Kaos /// Transmat
26. Ronny & Renzo – Heartbreak Theme (C2 Cinema Remix) /// Rekids
27. Deetron – Collide /// Unreleased Version