Circus moves towards the end of 2012 with another epic showcase lined up for its London residency at Egg. The year has already seen the likes of Sascha Dive, Riva Starr, Guy J and Dinky join Yousef down in the capital’s resurgent rave enclave, but this gig sees arguably the most anticipated and special of the lot so far. A certain Gallic troubadour is incoming…
Headlining will be a historic and monumental turn from Laurent Garnier and his LBS project. Few guests manage to get the full scope of what Circus is about, but Laurent certainly has. He first graced the club back in 2004 and his eclectic approach has been fully representative of the stylistic shifts and turns Circus has been a part of across house and techno over the years. That first gig saw him do an impromptu Kurt Cobain tribute on the ten year anniversary of his death, and since then he has blessed Circus with a glut of far ranging and fully panoramic offerings. And now they are bringing him to London.
It will also be the final ever London performance of his LBS project that has re-defined the concept of merging improvised live performance and DJing, being a revelation since its inception. Garnier believes only in moving forward, and after a stellar couple of years the project will be moved aside for his latest delve into musical ingenuity. This will be the final showcase the project ever delivers in London and marks a breathtaking year for Circus in the capital.
Support will of course come from Yousef, who’s 2012 continues to yield stronger results both behind the booth and the boards. “A Product Of Your Environment”, Yousef’s full length second album, has seen a rapturous response across both the media and the DJing world and comes allayed with a sterling touring schedule that has seen frequent action on five continents this year. Circus recordings starlets Acid Mondays also swing by to showcase their effervescent take on house and techno.
Egg, 200 York Way, London
22:00 – 08:00
Mount Kimbie [live]
Horse Meat Disco
Eastern Electrics‘ New Year’s Eve event sees some of London’s favourite promoters under one roof to welcome in 2012. The announcement that the Eastern Electrics NYE 2011 party would play host to Mulletover, Bloc and Warm, with Anja Schneider, Laurent Garnier and Tensnake got party people buzzing. Now, with the addition of Mount Kimbie playing live, Horse Meat Disco, Warm Residents and Geddes, things look set for an explosive NYE
Playing a superheroic four-hour set. Garnier‘s sets are a playground where Detroit techno meets deep house, while elements of jazz and disco punctuate, and basslines throb. Laurent Garnier has been making the planet dance for 25 years. And, for all this time, his huge energy has seen him grooving behind record decks, bouncing up and down behind studio equipment and leaping around radio studios. He is a multi-faceted artist whose impact on the music scene is far-reaching. But above all he is a DJ, a true DJ: transformed by music, passionate about the crowd. Bodies move in a trance on the dance floor, minds elsewhere. Yet he is also a discoverer of old and new sounds, and has an amazingly rich musical culture. Laurent Garnier spends most of his spare time sifting through old vinyl in record shops, following the most obscure leads on the Internet and listening to every single piece of music he is sent.
A prominent part of the Berlin scene, Mobilee Records founder Anja Schneider will bring an effortlessly minimal vibe to Eastern Electrics. Her groove-driven, melodic and deep-techno DJ style will have you enthralled from the off.
As a label head Anja has focused not only on discovering fresh and innovative talent but also on cultivating and developing the Mobilee roster, pushing artists in challenging directions and developing their careers as DJs, musicians, and members of the mobilee family. Under her watch, Mobilee has grown into one of Berlin’s most-watched staples with a close-knit collection of producers including Sebo K, Pan-Pot, GummiHz, Marcin Czubala, Exercise One, And.id, Miss Jools and Dan Curtin. Mobilee has continued to carve out its own distinct sound in a city where everyone seems to be making music: the label’s mix of pristine minimal, slinky grooves and deep house has pushed dance music forward while at the same time remaining instantly accessible.
As arguably one of the most renowned and respected woman DJs in the world, Anja‘s work ethic combined with her undeniably charming personality has lead to enormous success as a DJ on every corner of the globe, from Japan to the Americas to Europe and her native Germany. Anja has made her mark as a regular at the world’s most renowned clubs such as Fabric, Fuse, Rex, and Goa Madrid and has held residencies at Berlin’s own Weekend and Watergate.
One half of mulletover, and one of London’s most significant house faces, Geddes brings an element of the underground to Eastern Electrics NYE. A firm favourite with the Eastern Electrics crew, he’s sure to smash it.
Taking over the second room, and celebrating their 12th year as a permanent fixture on the London scene, Warm have plucked one of their most eminent ‘floor-breakers’ from their bulging roster for the night: Tensnake. A champion of the underground Hamburg sound, and a rising star in electronic music, he combines disco, house and a pinch of funk, taking sounds we all hold dear and twisting and morphing them around one another, whilst avoiding any hint of cliche. Warm’s mayhem-inducing, disco-twisting Horse Meat Disco ramp up the party credentials. This quartet of DJs take disco to new levels, invoking the ethos of 1970s and 1980s New York clubs. And Warm Residents Ali Tillett, Rob Summerhayes and Ollie Seaman are on hand to help send the Eastern Electrics crowd into a frenzy.
Genre-bending festival boys Bloc join mulletover in co-hosting the main room and joining the Bloc brigade are Mount Kimbie – heroes of the post-dubstep scene famed for ambient live sets and a delicious exploration of electronica. This duo have seen their star quickly rise despite their unconventional and non-conformist approach to making music. Unpredictable, fresh and making up their own rules, Mount Kimbie live are just irresistible.
EASTERN ELECTRICS NYE 2011
21:00 – 06:00
28 New Kent Road
Elephant & Castle
Nearly 2 years in the running and Bedlam just seems to be going from strength to strength….
Over the course of nearly 2 years since the creation of the profound Maidstone (Kent) underground night Bedlam [Kent], it seems that Tim Green & Co are determined to make their mark on the scene as they reach new heights.
Bedlam, being the night of fast rising UK talent, DJ/Producer Tim Green. Tim Green being the man behind great tracks like “Old Sunshine”, who has seen both his name and production work on outstanding labels such as Get Physical, Dirtybird and Cocoon. And the Co being the dedicated people [Forward Thinking Music Management] behind the organisation of the night, helping both Tim Green and Bedlam to reach new heights.
From day one hosting the likes of M.A.N.D.Y., Martin Buttrich, Audio Fly, Lee Burridge, Matthias Tanzmann, Emerson Todd and 2000 And One, Bedlam has been smashing places like Maidstone hot spot, The Loft, some old abandoned cinema and now the historic Chatham monument, The Tunnel. And Bedlam seems to be focusing on those venues that are just dripping with pure underground vibe, which seems to be another key to its success along with the countless talent of DJs they are drafting in!
And with The Tunnel being the prime location we made sure we were at the Bedlam 1st Birthday almost 1 year ago. Where we soaked up the energy of Tim Green banging out his very own “Old Sunshine” and Matthias Tanzmann building the crowd with Yousef’s “Come Home”. We can honestly say that Bedlam @ The Tunnel is a truly momentous night indeed. Which is why Bedlam at The Tunnel returns once again this weekend [29 Jan] to host rising Italian house star Leon and very special guest Cassy. And of course resident Tim Green!
Cassy, well-known for playing DC10, Cocoon (Ibiza), Panorama Bar and Fabric, is undoubtably one of the best DJs on the scene. With her music being released on Souvenir, Cocoon and the almighty German giant Perlon Records, not to mention her mix CDs for Panorama Bar and Cocoon, she has gained huge respect in the underground scene. Her unique style and party vibe earning her back2back sessions with Ricardo Villalobos as she focuses on weaving deep and dark house music, twisted techno along with skill and finesse. There’s no doubt about how things are going to turn out for Bedlam!
Leon returns to Bedlam after having played an impressive set at the beginning of 2010 alongside M.A.N.D.Y. Having releases out on Nick Curly’s Cecille Records and Steve Lawler’s VIVa MUSiC, his talents have been gaining recognition from world-class DJs as Pete Tong, Ricardo Villalobos, Carl Cox, Luciano, Laurent Garnier, Loco Dice, M.A.N.D.Y., Tiefschwarz, Matthias Tanzmann, Nic Fanciulli, Danny Howells and Marco Carola. Adding to that, an extensive 17 date tour of the USA and Canada along with constant dates in Italy, UK, Germany, Holland, Russia and Spain, it’s not hard to see why Bedlam has got Leon back behind the console.
Which brings us back to the point of success. Because it’s not just the countless number of exceptional DJs that give the feeling of climbing success, it’s also with the added expansion and launch of Bedlam London. An act of proof that Tim Green & Co not only have the credentials but also the vision – “determined to make their mark on the scene”.
Bedlam London, set for a secret East London venue on the 19th March, boasts the presence of the Cadenza star known for the hit release “Elle” and collaboration with Cadenza co-star Cesar Merveille, Columbian born Pablo Cahn along with Crosstown Rebels duo, Art Department. – One word – Sick!
All we can conclude is that London may be a bigger pond but with Bedlam’s track record and reputation, it was inevitable that it would start to out-grow its current location and search for a larger environment, which will simple fuel its success.