This February, Melt is going to be seriously feeling the love. Back in a small, intimate setting with heart-shaped, secluded archways aplenty, Cupid is going to be absolutely all over this party. And what could be more romantic then having two DJs grace the decks that have sworn their lives to one another? In health, sickness and banging beats, Melt presents the timeless Tama Sumo and her partner in crime, Lerato Khathi.
“Tama Sumo’s first appearance under the Melt spotlight back in the summer of last year heralded the first time we really felt the night was starting to hit the right notes”, comments Melt. As the crowd rocked on around her, Tama showcased an abundance of emotion, sexiness and a little bit of edge. Her disco infused, hard-hitting style simply had Melt howling for more. Having then caught the Panorama Bar resident play in Berlin for Cassy‘s birthday in November, “…it was a no brainer to invite her back for a second bite at the cherry”, explains Melt.
Standing side by side with her on the night will be none other than the Uzuri label supremo, Lerato Khathi aka Lakuti. Her label, which stands for ‘beauty’ in Swahili, is home to big scene players such as Jus-Ed, Levon Vincent and DJ Qu, which gives you some indication of what you can expect from her music on the night. Emanating from one of South Africa’s most culturally diverse regions, Soweto, Lakuti has lived and breathed dance music for many years now and Melt couldn’t be more excited to have her showcase her politically aware, soulful style in London’s East-end.
Naturally the night just wouldn’t be quite right without a little red-hot resident action either. The dishy Maura will be up first, rocking it for your delight and delectation. Also feeling the love bug on the night will be Arnaud Le Texier, whose label, Safari Electronique, continues to go from strength to strength.
With your January detoxes out of the way and those bank balances starting to sprout some green shoots of recovery, this is the perfect chance to dust off those dancing shoes for a pre-valentines love in.
Secret London Warehouse
23:00 – 06:30
“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
08 Oct @ Zouk Club, Singapore
09 Oct @ Unit, Tokyo, Japan
10 Oct @ Nagisa Music Festival, Osaka, Japan
20 Oct @ Kompakt In Concert, Rabozaal, Amsterdam, Netherlands
21 Oct @ D! Club, Lausanne, Switzerland
29 Oct @ Fabric, London, England
11 Jun @ Club 195, Epping, England
12 Jun @ 50 Grad, Mainz, Germany
18 Jun @ Mirano Continental, Brussels, Belgium
23 Jun @ Glastonbury, England
02 Jul @ Mynt, Belfast, N.Ireland
08 Jul @ Exit Festival, Novi Sad, Serbia
09 Jul @ Source Bar, Maidstone, England
15 Jul @ Panorama Bar, Berlin, Germany
23 Jul @ Ministry Of Sound, London, England
26 Jul @ Deep, Croatia
28 Jul @ Space, Ibiza, Spain
29 Jul @ Global Gathering, Stratford Upon Avon, England
30 Jul @ The Masque, Liverpool, England
Since the moment he spun his first record, Damian Lazarus’s mission has been a clear and urgent one: to blow away the mediocre, the over-inflated, the obsolete; to seek out and celebrate the energetic, the important, the new. Always rebelling, always going places.
“…and to have fun in the process. Playing around with different styles and ideas is what I do best,” Lazarus explains.
Driven by an almost childlike curiosity, a vivid imagination and wicked sense of humour, he’s used his role as a DJ, label owner and now musician to nurture and share the most exciting and experimental music on the planet. Drawn to the darkness, but buoyed by the light, ever ready to embrace new ideas and different perspectives on music and the dancefloor, Lazarus is always ahead of the curve, with a wry smile on his face and a neat trick up his sleeve.
10 Jun @ Motion, Newcastle, England
11 Jun @ Rebels, Parklife Festival, Manchester, England
11 Jun @ Fabric, London, England
17 Jun @ Rebels, Sonar, Barcelona, Spain
18 Jun @ Rebels, Panorama Bar, Berlin, Germany
20 Jun @ Circo Loco, DC10, Ibiza, Spain
24 Jun @ Calypso, Tunis, Tunisia
25 Jun @ Cat Club, Brussels, Belgium
26 Jun @ Rebels, Glastonbury, Somerset, England
01 Jul @ Rebels, Fresh Weekend, Galicia, Spain
02 Jul @ Rebel Rave, Junk, Southampton, England
03 Jul @ Rebels, Hideout Festival, Pag Island, Croatia
09 Jul @ Circo Loco, Fabrik, Madrid, Spain
10 Jul @ Exit Festival, Novi Sad, Serbia
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.
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.
Check out the lastest line ups for this coming weekend from some of the major clubs in Europe featuring some of the worlds finest DJs.
fabric – FABRICLIVE, Snowbombing, Urban Nerds
Stanton Warriors, DJ Fresh, DJ Hype, DJ Craze, Randall, Ed Rush, Streetlife DJs, Marc Roberts, Rockwell, Danny Wheeler, MC System, 2Shy, Mumdance, A1 Bassline, Rattus Rattus & Klose One, Ordio Kid, Drama, hosted by Illaman.
Berghain / Panorama Bar – Sub:Stance / Rush Hour
Egyptrixx, Scuba, Goth Trad, Paul Spymania, James Blake, Addison Groove, Cool Chris, Rick Wilhite, San Proper, Tom Trago
Cocoon – Drumcode
10pm – 7am
Adam Beyer, Alan Fitzpatrick, Paul Rich (Live), Joseph Capriati, Gabriel Le Mar, Alex Azary, Frank N
Warehouse Project – 10 Years of Vandit
9:30pm – 4:30am
Paul Van Dyk, John Dahlback, Chris Lake, Krysko, Greg Lord, Digital Boogie, Matt Everson, Moneypenny, Nick Coulson, Rick Turner, Chris Humphreys
Amnesia Milano – Our Beat Never Stops
11pm – 6am
John Digweed, Idriss D, A.Lab meets B-Plan
fabric – Metroplex 25th Anniversary
Craig Richards, Surgeon, Terry Francis, Juan Atkins, Eddie Flashin’ Fowlkes, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Shake (Live), Keith Tucker (Aux 88), Kirk Degiorgio.
Berghain / Panorama Bar – Klubnacht
Johannes Heil (Live), Frank Lorber, Jesse Rose, Heidi, Round Table Knights, Riva Star, Darko Esser, Par Grindvik, Payme, Oliver $, Zombie Disco Squad, Black Rose (Live), Renaissance Man
Cocoon – Ministry of Sound
10pm – 7am
Riva Starr, Sidney Samson, DJ T, Rene Vaitl, DJ Chui, DJ Katch
Warehouse Project – Ape 5th Birthday
9pm – 5am
Andy C & MC GQ, Caspa & Rod Azlan, David Rodigan, Lemon D & Dillinja, Luke Vibert, Mista Jam, Jakwob, Mary-Anne Hobbs, Chef, Emalkay, Gothtrad, Rich Reason, KRS One, hosted by Jenna G & Tonn Piper
Cable – Jaded
5am – 1pm
Ben Gomori, Raymundo Rodriguez
fabric – WestYourSelf
11pm – 6am
Rebekah, Rossko, Cormac, Peter Pixzel, Jacob Husley