Monday, 6 July 2009

Lawrence - Resident Advisor Podcast 161 (29th June 09)

Hamburg's king of vinyl houses it up in a deliciously deep style on this week's RA podcast.

Despite his inauspicious beginnings as a gardener, Peter Kersten has spent the last decade becoming one of the main players on Hamburg's music scene. In that time he's notched up 12-inches for some of the world's most popular electronic labels—Kompakt, Mule Electronic, Ghostly International, Ladomat 2000, Sender, Spectral Sound and Smallville just to name a few. From wistfully romantic electronica to bumping deep house, Kersten's musical gamut runs far and wide throughout the sphere of electronic music, but his sound is a distinctive and recognisable one. Taking the ingredients of classic Chicago and Detroit productions, softening the edges and applying his trademark melodic sheen, Kersten's finished products often get you grooving whilst tugging those heartstrings.

It isn't just his productions that have elevated him to the status he currently enjoys, though. Kersten is one-third of the team that has helped to launch the careers of Efdemin, Pantha Du Prince and John Roberts via the Dial imprint, which managed to grab RA's label of the year accolade back in 2007 after a run of essential releases. For Kersten, selling vinyl is a serious business, and he's just helped to start Laid, Dial's vinyl-only sub-label, with a 12-inch from US deep house legend Rick Wade. Hamburg residents can even find him behind the counter at the city's Smallville record store, which he co-owns with Smallville Records owner Julius Steinhoff. Vinyl is also Peter's medium of choice when it comes to DJing, and for this week's RA podcast he's taken to his Technics to supply us with a selection of deep and grooving house cuts with a big Detroit influence. We caught up with Kersten by e-mail to ask him about the mix, the Dial residency at Panorama Bar and his Smallville record store.


Lawrence – Don't Follow Me Mule Electronic
Further Details - Another Time A Touch Of Class
Theo Parrish - Heal Yourself And Move Peacefrog
Mike Huckaby - Radiance Deep Transportation
Christopher Rau - Ne Travaillez Jamais Dérive
Mike - Oi Vai Voi Sushitech
Leonid - Resting 2 Statik Entertainment
Lowtec - Please Go Away Playhouse
Norm Talley - The Journey Third Ear
Rick Wade - First Darkness Laid
Schatrax - Vintage Vinyl 1 Schatrax
STL - Silent State Smallville
Robert Dietz - Witness Running Back
Loco Dice - How Do I Know ?! (Cassy remix) Desolat
Q-Burns Abstract Message - Mess Of Afros (Glenn Underground Mix) SSR
Moodymann - U Can Dance If U Want 2 KDJ
Christian Naujoks - Bloom (Lawrence Edit) Dial Records

Check out the full interview

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