1. Pale Blue – Comes Home (Pional Remix) / Have You Passed Through This Night: Mike Simonetti and Elizabeth Wight’s new side project Pale Blue have just released a three-track EP. Graced with two originals and an excellent remix from Spanish producer Pional, get your mits on the release here courtesy of Man Power’s Me Me Me* label.
*This Axel Boman Dubb of James Hadfield’s ‘Soak’ is another Me Me Me release that’s been doing the rounds (and bringing the atmos) recently, it’s ace:
2. The XX – A Violent Noise (Four Tet Remix): A staple-sounding Four Tet remix involving big-room synths and shuffling percussion was dropped earlier this week, festival circuit fodder:
3. Jon Sable – Gray Paper Moon (Chaos In The CBD Mix): An all-out New Zealand affair on Tief’s next release, CITCBD step Jon Sable’s jazz-infused, laid-back house number up a gear.
4. Ed Woods – Last Call: Delivered through Beats of No Nation’s excellent free download service, London-via-the Gold Coast producer Ed Woods has dropped this hazy, toe-tapping number just in time for sunnier climes ahead – bonus points for an ID on the vocal sample… Head over here to add it to your collection.
5. Octo Octa – New Paths: Emotive and atmospheric title track from OO’s forthcoming 12″ on Argot, stay tuned for ‘Hidden Truth’ on the flipside.
And for the longer listen, Laurence Guy’s newly-created ‘Litte While’ mix series kicks off with an hour of selections from the man himself, dive in:
1. Talaboman – Safe Changes: A blissful cut from the forthcoming debut album from Talaboman, John Talabot and Axel Boman’s collaborative side-project. The album’s called ‘The Night Land’ and is out on 3rd March, via R & S Records.
2. Body Music – Just One/Get it Baby (Patchworks Remix): Double whammy here with two tracks from Body Music’s 4-track EP entitled ‘Just One’, out now on Razor-N-Tape. Body Music comprises of Bosq of Soul Clap Records fame and the enviably-named Vito Roccoforte of The Rapture. These two efforts are funky as you like.
3. Krankbrother – Dreamscape (Fort Romeau Remix): Always a pleasure to see a new Fort Romeau remix doing the rounds. Krankbrother’s ‘Dreamscape’ gets the refix with his signature romantic house sound and a splash of acid house mixed in too. Due for release 13th March, wethinks.
4. Recloose & Ezrakh – Geomancer: Brooklyn-based producer Recloose returns to Aus Music with this slinky number featuring vocalist and producer Ezrakh. You can get your hands on this and two other tracks on the ‘Spirit Knows’ EP on 27th February.
5. Parra For Cuva – Unfinished Colours Ft. Other: ‘Unfinished Colours’ is the down-tempo and pensive track from the Berlin-based producer’s latest EP, ‘Mood In C’. It’s out now on Project Mooncircle and available to buy on a number of different formats here.
Felix Dickinson joined the ranks of the Dekmantel podcasts series this week. One not to miss:
If you’re still on the hunt for a plan Saturday, put down the listings guide. We got you.
Trouble Vision have done it again with a Studio Barnhus label showcase down at Corsica Studios. Axel Boman, Kornél Kovács and Pedrodollar, founding trio of the Swedish label, will all be gracing the decks on Saturday night, bringing their house-but-so-much-more-than-house sound to South London.
Kornel’s gone and done a taster mix to whet the appetite:
As the accompanying RA profile described it, ‘House music for the end of summer’.
Essential summer listening brought to you by MLiR*. The Stockholm-based collective have mustered up a five track EP which blurs the line between ‘wide-eyed exotica and high-intensity festival blitzin’’. It’s called ‘Swedish Lo-Life’ and is brought to you by Studio Barnhus, the Swedish label run by Axel Boman, Kornel Kovacs and Petter Nordkvist.
The fun-filled ‘People’ is most definitely a highlight, but head over to their SoundCloud to check out the rest of the EP.
*Modern Life is Rubbish
Niche subculture and underground music have long been intrinsically linked with free thought and creative expression, culminating in a lifestyle that has typically adopted a left wing bias. The years since the not for profit Free Party movement and the subsequent Criminal Justice Act in 1994 have, however, seen elements of this alternative lifestyle commodified through edgy advertising campaigns, and appropriated through middle class hipster fashion. Of course all this is much to the frustrations of those who fought for anarchy and freedom, those now witnessing the recent boom in music festivals driven by corporate sponsorship cashing in on what was once outlawed when it belonged to a scruffier underclass. Is nothing sacred? Not really, but there are some hidden gems maintaining real festival vibes so read on for your top ten chances to truly escape reality this year…
1: Freerotation, Wales: 10th-13th July.
Members only festival Freerotation dedicates itself to uncompromising programming with all-star residents such as: Move D, Jane Fitz, Tama Sumo, Surgeon, Ben UFO and Juju & Jordash. Since its inception, Freerotation has remained small in size while growing hugely revered in world of electronic music by shunning advertising and financial growth. It also maintains a 50/50 gender split in ticket sales so here you’ll find techno AND women…bliss!
2. Fusion Festival, Germany: 25th-28th June.
Based on a former Russian military airfield in some remote fields in northern Germany, Fusion’s motto is “Four days of holiday communism.” With its strong reputation and anarchic principles, Fusion releases no advance line up and so has little reliance on big name headliners. Instead it features loads of acts from the local party scene, and a schedule of varied underground dance music. A lottery based ticketing system ensures everyone has an equal chance to attend. It could be you!
3. Field Maneuvers, UK: 4th-6th September.
This underground micro festival is sticking with its grassroots agenda in 2015 to showcase the best in the international underground dance scene. With regulars such as: Ryan Elliott, Ben Sims, Elgato, Auntie Flo and Mark Archer, and headliners including Marcellus Pittman and The Black Madonna, Field Maneuvers promises musical variation that will allow you to find the perfect party tent for you no matter your mood. Wander through tents lit up by visual artists such as Joëlle and Oliver Jennings and into magical chill out zones with giant hammocks, making new friends as you go. The capacity is strictly limited to a lucky 500, so buy a ticket ASAP.
Photo. Johnny Underhill
4. Dekmantel Festival, Netherlands: 30th July-2nd August.
Now in its third year, Dekmantel has kept its capacity intimate and remains in its woodland setting for the festival daytimes – but has added a live opening show in a riverside concert hall and an after party venue “The Melkweg,” an old milking factory in the city centre. Dekmantel know how to create a party – between the flawless, filler-less lineup and beautiful surroundings, to the little stand with free deodorant and the clean toilets, you’re pretty much guaranteed a good time.
5. Block 9/Shangri-La (Glastonbury Festival), UK: 24th-28th June.
While not technically festivals in themselves, or even an individual entity, these Glastonbury areas deserve a mention. Consistently providing some of the most adventurous programming and stunning set design in the UK festival scene – if not the world – Block 9 and Shangri-La play a big part in maintaining the anarchic ethos that has always pervaded Glastonbury.
6. Gottwood Festival, Wales: 11th-14th June.
Set in a proudly proclaimed “middle of nowhere” North Wales location, Gottwood certainly takes you far from any cityscape you might want to escape. With a variety of classic and cutting edge performers, this year’s highlights include DJ Zip, and Fabric resident/all-round legend Craig Richards going b2b with Ben UFO.
7. Off Sonar, Spain: 17th-21st June.
While Sonar has become more commercial over the years, the Off-Sonar scene has flourished into a varied city-wide musical takeover. The crème-de-la-crème of dance music, including Andy Stott, Ricardo Villalobos, Axel Boman, DJ Harvey, Motor City Drum Ensemble and many more will play this year in Barcelona’s clubs and in the historic El Poble Espanyol – a town built in the heart of the city in 1929 replicating 117 buildings, streets and squares from all around Spain. Culture lit up with lasers, perfect.
8. Secret Island Nation Festival, Sweden: 30th July-2nd August.
“Expect the unexpected and be prepared.” Situated on a beautiful deserted island West of Sweden, Secret Island Nation experiments with alternative ways of expression and co-existence. As one of just 450 attendees, you can camp wherever you want as long as you respect your surroundings and disappear without a trace when you leave. The 2015 lineup comprises international bookings and a Berlin focus, as well as SIN regulars. Grab your passport for authentic techno hippy island vibes.
9. Wilde Möhre Festival, Germany: 7th-9th August.
100km South of Berlin Wilde Möhre, or Wild Carrot Festival, aims to move away from conventional club culture and immerse its guests in art, workshops and nature alongside the musical program. Henna, hypnosis, vinyasa yoga, fermentation and upcycling workshops await you in the village, catering for every new age whim. Take a stroll through the surrounding forests and 2km in the right direction will lead you to a lake you can swim in.
10. Audio Farm Festival, Wales: 11th-14th September.
Daylight hours at Audio Farm bring an eclectic schedule of acoustic, funk, folk, soul, reggae and psychedelic sounds, along with an open-air house and disco party hosted by some of the best from the underground. Night takes a more electronic focus with house, techno and bass orientated beats playing over three rooms. Holistic treatments, yoga and talks and discussions are also at your disposal here in the Welsh countryside.
Words by Iona Thomas.
Precocious talent alert.
Having put out some singles on Axel Boman’s Studio Barnhaus label, released a couple of folk-pop albums and produced for Sad Boy phenomenon Yung Lean, 21 year old Swedish producer Baba Stiltz decided it was time to put out an LP under his own name. Surprise surprise, it’s great. Mixmag premiered ‘Aches’, and Studio Barnhaus gave us ‘Reality Sparks’, both deep, ambient cuts with a spacey feel.
Basically, he’s bossing it and we should go along for the ride.
As part of a global tour covering the US, Japan, Mexico and Europe, Tim Sweeney and his merry men are celebrating 15 years of his Beats In Space radio show. Luckily for us, Tief are promoting the London leg at Corsica Studios and with the line-up they’ve put together, it’s going to be CLASS.
If you’re unfamiliar with BIS, way back in ‘99, then New York University freshman Tim Sweeney hit the airwaves of WNYU 89.1 with the radio show, Beats In Space. In the 15 years he’s been running it, he’s not once missed the Tuesday night slot, playing host to a whole range of guest mixes from the likes of Four Tet, Midland, Gui Boratto, KiNK and John Talabot.
Besides securing a legendary home for broadcasting eclectic, cutting edge music on a weekly basis, Sweeney set up a label for BIS in 2009, and having seen releases from Lauer, Paradis and Jee Day amongst others, he’s further developed the brand’s reputation for discovering top quality, new music.
We’ve seen the DFA Records-affiliated DJ play before many times and he never disappoints. Joining him next Friday is a stellar line-up consisting of Axel Boman, Tornado Wallace, Hunee going b2b with Mr Ties, and Tief stalwart Hessletime.
Need we say more?
Get your tickets here, and delve into the below for a taster of the night.