Friday 27 August 2010

Luke Hess - Michigan Central Station EP [Echocord Colour]

Next up on the excellent Echocord Colour, off shoot label from Echocord, is the stunning 'Michigan Central Station EP' by Luke Hess. The label's been in fine form over the last 2 years or so. With releases from Brendon Moeller, Sebastian San, Deadbeat, Mikkel Metal and Pattern Repeat to name a few. This latest offering from Hess is his second outing on Echocord Colour, his first being a project with Marko Fuerstenburg (another great dub techno artist. Check out his recent 'Counter Mode EP' on Artless Records).

The EP is a homage to Michigan Central Station in Detroit. Once a glorious piece of engineering, now left in ruins, showing a glimpse over previous flourishing times in the City. The A Side sees Hess display dreamy melodies with his signature dub delayed patterns underneath to deliver a beautiful uplifting composition. Side B is darker. It's flittering percusion carries the track along over a deep bassline. Check out the samples below.

More info on Luke Hess can be found on his Myspace Page

Thursday 26 August 2010

Ostgut Ton release new compilation as they celebrate turning fünf

Over the past five years, Ostgut-Ton has risen steadily to become one of house and techno's most respected imprints, thanks in no small part to its association with the famed Berghain/Panorama Bar. The label was first conceived by Nick Hoppner in 2003, following the closure of Berghain's predecessor, Ostgut, which was torn down to make room for Berlin's o2 Arena. Hoppner had been a resident DJ at Ostgut, and when he heard about plans to open a new location, he offered to run the club's record label. Two years later, Ostgut Ton ("Ostgut Sound") released its first CD: Berghain 01mixed by Andre Galluzzi.

The relationship between Berghain and Ostgut Ton is brought to new heights onFünf, which uses field recordings from within the club as source material for new productions. Spanning two unmixed CDs, the compilation boasts 24 previously unreleased tracks by most of Berghain and Panorama Bar's residents, plus new tunes by Emika, recent signing Ryan Elliott and Murat Tepeli with Elif Bicer. Resident Advisor caught up with him at his office within Berghain itself, and Hoppner gave them the rest of the scoop on Funf:

What can you tell me about the concept behind the compilation?

Well, it wasn't really my idea. I was thinking about our five-year anniversary compilation already a year ago. I didn't like the thought of doing it like everyone else–maybe a mix through the back catalog and a few exclusive new tracks by some key artists... I wanted something more special. Then a while ago I met Ema Jolly, she’s making music herself on Ninja Tune, as Emika. We sat together one day last summer and she told me about her last visit to Berghain. It was a regular Sunday morning and she noticed how everything in the building was resonating and vibrating and swinging and humming–she realized that there were lot of sounds coming from the building itself. That led to the idea of doing field recordings within the building while it's not open to the public. She had access to everything, the cooling rooms, storage rooms, the PA rooms... Our in-house technicians helped her mic the lighting rigs, they recorded the strobelight flashing, the fridges humming... They recorded impulse responses in the space of Berghain and built a reverb plug-in from that. It took about two or three weeks, then she took home tons of rough field recordings and edited them down to a library which she organized into different groups: downstairs, cloakroom, toilets, water, glasses, swings... whatever she has recorded... It was a four gigabyte library.

How strictly did the artists stick to that sound-bank when they were producing their tracks?

Some more, some less. We’ve got a few tracks where you can hardly tell, but every track contains a sound from the club one way or another. The tracks by Marcel Dettmann and Magaret Dygas, for example, rely on the sounds to a very big extend and it really shows. Then you’ve got other tracks where they have just put some hums in the sampler and tuned it and pitched it and copied so it's kind of turned into a pad that sounds like a regular synthesizer. We didn’t place any restrictions on the use of it, we just said "take these sounds and do something with it."

Why was that concept important for the compilation?

People always talk about how the club influences the music, so it was interesting to see what kind of music you can actually make with sounds from the club, you know ? It’s kind of a play on the relationship between the architecture and the label and the really close relationship of the label and the club itself.

Berghain and Ostgut Ton have both become a lot more popular over the past two or three years. How has that affected the label?

I don't think it's really affected the content of the label. It's up to our artist completely. Whatever they wanna do, they do, I hardly ever intervene, I was never in a situation where I had to say "Sorry you can’t do that." Basically our concept is more of a social one than an aesthetic one. The idea was to set up the label as a platform for our resident artists, and that's what we’re still doing... Of course what has changed is that we are putting out a lot more music these days and there is a lot more work and responsibility and deadlines to meet. It has become more of a business. I would say that everyone is feeling some sort of pressure, but not in a negative way. It’s just there. We have to try to keep the good work and that’s basically it!

The label has been expanding out from the club a bit recently, for instance you've had label nights in Tokyo and at Space and the quarterly residency at the Bunker. Is that just an experiment something that you think will continue?

Part of it is an experiment I would say, but I’m not so familiar with the thought behind the booking policy. I don't think that we would expand to a huge extent. But the relationship with the Bunker for example is something that will go on. It’s a very nice working relationship with the people promoting it and everyone who has played there really really enjoyed it. So I don't see why this should stop any time soon. And the rest... yeah I don’t know. I’m sure people from the club and the label will continue to travel to Japan but I don’t know about regular residencies or label nights. At the moment it’s kind of a new phase where a lot of possibilities open up, but we’re aware of the traps of it.

So even though you're expanding, Berghain the resident DJs will always be the foundation of the label?

Oh totally. You know, I could have found so many great artists already because people give me amazing music all the time, but we have to turn it down because we have so many in-house artists and it’s hard to meet everyone’s needs. More of our residents are producing their own music now, like nd_Baumecker is about to release a collaboration with with Sam Barker, AKA Voltek, and he wants to continue to do music for us, so that's another artist we have in our family now. Tama Sumo is starting to do her own stuff--so far she only did music with Prosumer, but she has her first solo track on the compilation. Boris also has his first solo track on the compilation and I guess sooner or later they will do their own 12-inches for the label. So yeah, I think it will always stay within the family. And of course, I mean, even if everyone of us enjoys playing parties abroad in different cities I think all agree that playing here in Panorama Bar and Berghain is still one of the best thing that ever happened to us. There is no place like home (laughs). I don’t see what that should change.

A lot of clubs and labels have been suffering in the past few years, due partly to the economy and the state of the vinyl market. Have Berghain and Ostgut Ton felt any effects from this at all?

I’m not the right person to talk about the economics behind the club, but just from what I’m feeling I don’t think so to be honest. The place is full most of the time, but I'm not sure... Speaking for the label, I can say that vinyl sales for us are still a bit higher than for other labels I’m aware of, but it’s constantly going down. It’s not getting better. It’s slowly but surely getting worst, and the digital doesn’t really make up for it. We’re not losing money, but we’re not making a lot of money either.

Are there any other releases in the pipeline that you can reveal at this time?

Yes. We've got the debut of nd_Baumecker with Sam Barker coming up in three weeks. At the end of September there will be a new Marcel Fengler 12-inch, then in November it's a Ben Klock 12-inch. At the end of January, early February probably we’ll do Steffi's debut album. And new Panorama Bar mix by Prosumer next year, then a Marcel Fengler Berghain mix CD. Probably a new album with Luke Slater at the end of 2011 and the rest is still to be thought about.

Five years on, what are the label's long term ambitions?

I think the long term ambition is to stay interesting and relevant with the concept we are following. People are very picky and choosy and their music. Everyone has his tastes and a very high standard of quality. Just maintaining this level of quality is our ambition I guess. Keep it interesting, and whatever that might actually mean remains to be seen. I don't know where we'll actually be in 10 years. Of course I hope we will be here but whatever happens in between in the meantime… I don’t know. We’ll try our best, that’s for sure.
Fünf will also be available as a pack of seven 12-inches, though some tracks are exclusive to the CD release. Naturally, the compilation will be launched with a weekend-long bash at Berghain and Panorama Bar, featuring many of the label's core artists, including Shed, Marcel Dettmann, Steffi, Prosumer, Tama Sumo and more.

01. Emika - Cooling Room
02. Marcel Fengler - Shiraz
03. Prosumer - Daybreak
04. Substance - Gestalts
05. Ryan Elliott - Abatis
06. Nick Höppner - ISP
07. Marcel Dettmann - Shelter
08. Fiedel - Doors To Manual
09. Shed - Boom Room
10. Steffi - My Room
11. Dinky - Twelve To Four
12. Len Faki - Kraft Und Licht

01. Barker & Baumecker - Drin
02. Marcel Dettmann - Scourer
03. SCB – Down Moment
04. Tama Sumo – Iron Glance
05. Murat Tepeli feat. Elif Biçer – Hold On
06. Soundstream – Wenn Meine Mutti Wüsste
07. Cassy – Never Give Up On A Mood Swing
08. Ben Klock – Bear
09. Norman Nodge – Start Up
10. Luke Slater – Boom Tang Shwuck
11. Boris - Rem
12. Margaret Dygas – Qunitet

Fünf will be released on Ostgut Ton on the 25th October 2010. Keep up to date with Ostgut Ton via their Website and on their Myspace page

Wednesday 18 August 2010

19.454. - Horizontal Ground 06

The next release from our favourite mystery label, Horizontal Ground is set for release at the end of August / early September.

You can check out samples of the tracks from the following links

Upon release this will be available from the usual outlets. More info on 19.454. can be found on his Myspace Page

Wednesday 11 August 2010

Mix Of The Day: SCB @ Sub:stance 2nd Birthday, Panoramabar (9th July 10)

The 9th July 2010 saw Sub:stance turn 2. The line up was incredible, filled out with names like Appleblim, Mala, Mount Kimble, Monolake (Live) and of course SCB. If it hadn't of been for Slash Dot Dash being held on the very next night, we would of put serious consideration into lining Ryanairs pockets some more to get ourselves out to Berlin.

We was gutted to miss it. But thankfully Paul Rose, the man behind Hotflush Recordings and one of the leading figures in dubstep, was kind enough to record his set from his techno infiltrating pseudonym for our listen pleasure. It doesn't come close to making up for not being there in person, but it's a start.

The mix can be downloaded from the following link

More info on Scuba, SCB and Hotflush can be found through these links

Slash Dot Dash pres. Samuli Kemppi (Live) & Milton Bradley @ The Rhythm Factory, 13th Nov 10

It's probably about time we announced details of our next event......... so here it is

Slash Dot Dash is going back to its' roots, back to where it all began 3 years ago with that amazing night at The Rhythm Factory.

We may be getting all nostalgic over the venue but as usual we're staying at the very front of cutting edge underground techno. And to do this we're flying in a couple of firsts.

A live set from Samuli Kemppi and a DJ set from Milton Bradley have never been heard across London soundsystems.......... until now!

The rest of the line up will, of course, be filled by our residents, XI and Chris Stanford.

The flyer and more details will be coming soon, but until then you can occupy yourselves, and saving a few quid at the same time by picking up your £10 early bird tickets which can be found on the Resident Advisor Event Page

And of course more info on the artists can be found here

Monday 9 August 2010

Mix Of The Day: Cio D'Or - Resident Advisor Podcast 219

An excellent new addition to the Resident Advisor Podcast series this week from Cio D'Or. After spending a long time at the forefront of electronic dance music Cio Dorbandt finds herself as one of the scenes' most knowledgeable and talented djs / producers around. A firm favourite of ours at Slash Dot Dash, Cio had recent releases on Prologue, Kamarouge and Peter Van Hoesens' Time To Express label.

This mix is blend of atmospheric soundscapes and dubbed out beats set across a downtempo structure. Featuring tracks from Milton Bradley, Xhin, Margaret Dygas, Perc and plenty from Cio D'or herself.

Cio D'Or - Autumnwinds - RA podcast exclusive
Murcof - Rostro - The Leaf Label
Xhin - Seed - Stroboscopic Artefacts
Milton Bradley - Somewhere Beyond My Illusion - Prologue
Heartthrob - Valentine - M-nus
Monolake - Zero Gravity - Monolake
C-Olvrin - Walk at Night in the Misty Woods - Unreleased
Monolake - Infinitive Snow - Imbalance
Margaret Dygas - 37 min to 7 - Non Standard Productions
Milton Bradley - Uncontrallable Desire - Do Not Resist The Beat!
Monolake - Observatory - Imbalance
Terence Fixmer - Electric City (Function Rmx) - Electric Deluxe
Perc - BGG (Milton Bradley / Bejond The Silence Mix) - Perc Trax
Xhin - Key - Stroboscopic Artefacts
Murcof - Memoria - The Leaf Label
Milton Bradley - Sector X - Unreleased
Cio D'Or - Organza (Milton Bradley Rmx) - Prologue
Monolake - Ionized - Monolake
Milton Bradley - Last Flight To Cologne - Do Not Resist The Beat!
Donor - Remainder - Stroboscopic Artefacts
Marcel Dettmann - Silex - Ostgut Ton
Sleeparchive - Infared Glow - Sleeparchive
Xhin - B-Link - Stroboscopic Artefacts
Obtane - Twilight Observer - Unreleased
Perc - BGG (Milton Bradley Critical Level Mix) - Perc Trax
Cio D'Or - Goldbrokat (Donato Dozzy Techno Rmx) - Prologue
Cio D'Or - Goldbrokat - Prologue
Cio D'Or - Goldbrokat (Donato Dozzy Ambient Rmx) - Prologue

There's a interesting interview to accompany the mix which can be found on Resident Advisor. An make sure you check out the official Cio D'Or Myspace Page for more info and upcoming dates

Thursday 5 August 2010

Quantec - Force Vive EP [Phonobox Records 008]

Here's some new work from one of my favourite producers, Quantec. The man's been bang on form of late with a string of recent releases on labels like Styrax, Pong Musiq, Statik, Piece Communications, this one of Phonobox Records and one of the best labels for me of the last couple of years, Echocord.

With all this activity there's been no drop in quality. All the tracks ooze Quantec's trademark deep sounds with immensely detailed production all leave you in suspense without really knowing where the track is going to take you. You imagine how they're going to end from the start of them but come the final bars you listening to something completely unexpected, leaving you very pleasantly surprised. Check out the sample here

Quantec - Force Vive | Force Vive Ep | Phonobox 008 (Decoder Muzique) | 12" Vinyl by Quantec

Quantec-Swayings | Quantec - Force Vive Ep 12" | Phonobox Records 008 by Quantec

This is on sale now in all the usual places. As ever more info can be found on Quantec through his Myspace Page, his Facebook Fan Page and his Soundcloud Page

Wednesday 4 August 2010

Traversable Wormhole - The Remixes Vol 2 (Chris Liebing & Sleeparchive) [CLR]

There's been plenty of anticipation building up around the Traversable Wormhole remixes. Just two weeks ago we told you about Vol 1 with Marcel Dettmann and Peter Van Hoesen remixes now it's time for Vol 2 and this time Mr CLR himself, Chris Liebing has got involed! And this addition wouldn't be complete without a Sleeparchive remix too boot.

The Chris Liebing remix features the high energy sound we've come to expect from the main at the head of techno's label of the moment while the Sleeparchive remix is much grimier with its squelchy droning bassline. Volume 2 will be released at some point in the not too distant future so keep your eyes peeled

Something In The Sky Part 4 / Jeff Mills

Jeff Mills and his latest project 'Something In The Sky' is a series inspired by unexplained phenomenon and this is very evident when you listen to the tracks. Dark and very trippy techno indeed. This series makes up some of the best work I've heard Mills produce!

Check out the samples

'Something In The Sky Part 4' will be released imminently through the usual channels but in the mean time you can follow Jeff Mills and his Axis Records on Twitter

Monday 2 August 2010

Brian Eno to release new material on Warp Records

An official message on Brian Eno's Website, has confirmed that the legendary ambient producer is set to release new material on the equally legendary Warp Records.

This is all the information available at the moment. But this is something I'll be watching intently and will keep the blog updated as soon as new info is announced. Eno has been an inspiration for millions of artists across the globe since his first works went on sale in 1973. I inherited an original copy of his 'Ambient 1, Music for Airports' LP from my Uncle which is older than I am. This is still one of my favourite pieces of vinyl and inspired one of my favourite works of the year, The Black Dogs 'Music For Real Airports'.

This also spells a return to Eno's earlier more experimental works after years spent acting as a producer for bands like U2 and Coldplay. I, for one, am very excited to hear the results.

If you want to keep yourself updating with any new developments on this, you can do by following Brian Eno on Twitter, Warp Records on Twitter, by signing up to Brian Eno's Website, adding Warp Records' Myspace Page or by checking out the Warp Records Website