Monika Kruse – Traces (Remixes Part 1) /// Terminal M
Krusing with remixes of Traces…
Words: Hector Westropp
Monika Kruse has a powerful reputation throughout Europe as the first lady of techno. Every one of her productions over the past two years is a beautifully worked fusion of melody with a jazzy rhythmic structure. She is perhaps best known for making her buildups the focus of her tracks and a talent for clean tribal sets when she plays live.
Her latest releases are coming in the form of tried and tested remixes by equally big players in the house scene. Those who have seen her live over the past few months may have been lucky enough to hear them first hand and now she is releasing them back into the wild.
Part 1 see’s Ramon Tapia produce two wildly different version of “Namaste” and Nicky Curly bring his own take on “One Love”, using the vocal stylings of Robert Owens, who many may know from Oliver Huntemann‘s “The End”. It also sees two special digital releases for those who purchase it on Beatport; the Beatport competition winner mix of “Namaste” by 8Colours and a Dub version of Nick Curly’s mix for those who like their bass loud.
Ramon Tapia has had a solid career so far throughout Europe, releasing on plenty of prestigious labels including Great Stuff Recordings and even co-owning the label Aella Music, producing remixes for the likes of Paul Weller, Armand van Helden, Nic Fanciulli, Marc Romboy, Mauro Picotto, DJ Sneak and Umek.
He provides the first track of this remix album, which is a dancefloor focused mix with strong symbols and some heavy percussive bounces. There is heavy focus on energy and raw bass, which perhaps means it loses some of the original melody overall but regains composure with a beautiful breakdown. Out of the remixes, perhaps this is the hardest to place because of it straight forward dark vibe but it’s a powerful track that will still get lots of playtime this summer.
Ramon’s Patched Remix stays far more true to the melodic nature of the original, adding a rolling jazzy bassline to some well worked synth and feels like a far more organic creation. This remix is versatile in the sense that it could be turned to lots of different uses depending on the situation; it could work with a long play as a deep progressive set, part of a bigger breakdown, tweaking the vocals and synth work to fit with a harder drop or can work alone as an jazzy bass rolling number. This remix works well within the confines of the mix and fills the remit far better than the Tuff Tuff Remix, finding a powerful rhythm within the original without scratching out anything new.
Fellow German, Nick Curly takes the next remix on, a well-known name in Europe and a sure thing when it comes to producing something a little bit different. 2011 saw his real explosion on the scene when his “Sun City” EP saw him take the no. 1 selling 12″ on Cocoon Records. Since then he has released his first LP, “Between The Lines”, made some big waves at Space out in Ibiza, appearing at Richie Hawtin‘s famed night Enter as well as holding down his residency at Kehakuma.
The remix itself is a laid back and melodic track, using only one real beat the entire track. The vocals, a gift from Mr Robert Owens, are utilised effectively by Curly in pulling the track along and providing the tip of the mystical feel, sitting well in the style that Nick Curly chooses. This is very much a no thrills, no nonsense remix, providing nothing more that a steady flowing casual vibe that just seems to chuck along, but what’s magical about this is how the bass sits in the track nicely with no exaggeration, yet seems to leaving you asking for things to be taken to the next level. The remix will come alive in a life of its own during any afterhours sets.
All in all a good part one remix pack and hopefully just a taster for what yet to come in this set of remixes. In setting such a high standard with her music lots of people have come to expect only the best, let us hope they can bring more to get crowds jumping up this summer.
Release Date: 15 April 2013
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Tim Green takes Bedlam to new heights
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.
Weekend 44 – 28, 29, 30, 31 Oct….
Halloween is this weekend and it seems like there is a Halloween Party in every corner of Europe. But we’ve tried to filter through the lot to bring you the best ones out there. The main highlight this weekend has to be Movement in Torino. They have several parties taking place throughout the city all weekend, but the ones to watch out for are the Saturday and Sunday nights at Patio Club and PalaOlimpico.
Watergate – Freude Am Tanzen
Daniel Stefanik vs Mathias Kaden, Marek Hemmann (LIVE), Krause Duo, Monkey Maffia, MBeck, Taron Trekka
Robert-Johnson – The Princess Of Darkness
Magda, Marc Houle (LIVE)
Cocoon – The Sven Vath Birthday Celebration
22:00 – 08:00
Sven Vath, Die Vogel (LIVE), Tobi Neumann, Nick Curly, C-Rock, Jacuzzi Boys, Alex Flitsch
The Tunnel – Bedlam
22:00 – 06:00
Tim Green, 2000 and One, Emerson Todd, Alex Kilby, The Angry Twins
Fellini Club – Wakeup
24:00 – 05:00
Seth Troxler, Giovanni Verrina
Ewer Street Car Park – Mulletover Halloween Fancy Dress Party 2010
22:00 – 06:00
Steve Bug, Seth Troxler, Ewan Pearson, Glimpse, Renaissance Man, Geddes, Elon, Nisekay, Cooly G, Love & Mercy, Sketchy & Another Amit
23:00 – 08:00
Craig Richards, Terry Francis, Slam, Zip, Baby Ford, Melchior Productions (LIVE), Sammy Dee, Lasermagnetic, Neil Thornton, Johnny Hiller, Lovefingers, Lee Douglas
Patio Club – Movement
Sven Vath, Federico Grazzini, Luca Bear, Romano Alfieri
Lightbox – Ripped Halloween Ball
Evil Nine, Spektre, The Good Guys
B-Box – Altavoz
23:00 – 04:30
2000 and One, Nina Kravitz, Alex Picone, Unzip Project, Max D. Blas, Anderedo, C.al.ma., No More Trouble, Alive Lab
PalaOlimpico – Movement
Chemical Brothers, 2 Many DJ’s, Ellen Allien, Derrick May, Ilario Alicante, Robert Hood, Anthony Shakir, Nathan Detroit, Ernesto Ferreyra, Karotte, Patrice Scott, Keith Worthy, Guillaume Dumont, Dixon, MCDE
Cocorico – Halloween
Richie Hawtin, Loco Dice, Ricky Montanari, Unzip Project
Hangar Bicocca – Cadenza Vagabundos
22:00 – 07:00
Luciano, Michel Cleis, Marc Antona
Leon – VIVa MUSiC Promo Mix
Leon has published his VIVa MUSiC Promo Mix for August which is pure, masterful tech music. With tracks by Alex Niggermann, Nick Curly, Santos and Butch, Leon’s Promo Mix is full of Groove to wiggle your shizzle to.
Check out his Promo Mix here.
- Boghosian & Torquato – Balaka
- Christiano & Davidino – Don’t Stop The Bass
- Alex Niggermann – Take Control (Matthias Tanzmann Remix)
- Wollion – Habitat
- Alex Celler – Wallaby
- Daniel Stefanik – Just A Moment
- Nick Curly – Lemba
- Santos – Primitive Cannibles
- Butch – Relief
- Livio & Roby – Garahivirap