VOYAGE DIRECT : FIRST MISSION SAMPLER 1
Voyage Direct / VD 22LP1
Voyage Direct's message comes through loud and clear on the label's first compilation, a collection that takes in both unreleased tracks and a hand-picked selection of classics from the imprint's first five years..
TIM PARIS / ARTTU / SEX JUDAS / RICKY
Marketing Music / MKG23
big with: Matt Walsh, Jef K, Kolombo, Cosmo Vitelli, Joakim, Luke Solomun, Morpheus, Slam, Alexkid, Anthony Collins,... Meet Sex Judas (Sex to his mother). A sexual vigilante and underground musical entrepreneur working in tandem with his trusted sidekick Ricky since the dawn of time (or the death of Jesus). Myth has it that after the infamous >kiss<, Judas was damned to live on earth for eternity. He decided to make the best of it and delved head first into his true passion, music. Known as a motherfucker on the >Uggav< since his early teens, he emerged in the underground sounds of Judea and never looked back. Judas & Ricky state they are on a mission to play music that reflects the real life, in all its horny, absurd, joyous and yes sometimes evil ways…with emphasis on the bass of course! So what you now hold in your hands is the glorious first vinyl offering from Sex Judas and Ricky >Sex according to Judas< telling the story as it is, blending the old school sounds of Chicago with a modern day longing for bass and ass, with a steaming sex toy edit by Tim from Paris to go.
Petite Records // Paris (FR)
Felt deeply in love with electronic music in the mid 90's, and not the type to live the day DEXIMA trains relentlessly to perfect his technique of mix, inspired by the great masters of the era: Jeff Mills, Laurent Garnier, DJ Slip, Green Velvet... Quickly, the urge to create arises and a happy encounter led him to found the duo Ed & Ludic operating in « free party » in the late 90s which allow them at that time an immense creative freedom. A residency in a club open 6 days out of 7 drives him to a felted and sharp sound. Labels and genres mixing rarely as we would like, he is the "clubber" in his club and "clubbing" in the free parties. The flood almost totalitarian hardcore sound, with a simple kick and cries of wolves to 240 BPM enables him to quickly make its choice: it will be HOUSE MUSIC!
The evolution of house, techno and electronic music in general led him to open his musical horizon making his sets a real range of current musical trends. Resident in bars in the south of France, he belongs to the collective DGA FAU then he joined the crew of Barcelona FAKE OUT! at the end of 2010. By Affinities with the manager, he naturally works to create the label "PETITE Records", giving birth to the first release of the label, the EP "Alive We Are" to continue his quest to give and take pleasure behind his plates or during his live performances which are known to be a great time of sharing emotions, love of party and music
Diynamic / Kompakt / Systematic // Belgium (BE)
Olivier Grégoire is one of the most prolific and reknowned producer/dj from Belgium. He truly masters the art of modern production like not many of his peers and has experimented many dance music genres trough various pseudonyms, leading to a huge discography, that includes releases on some of the world's finest electronic imprints.
Under his massive KOLOMBO moniker he's recently had loads of solid releases and remixes on labels such as Kompakt, Noir Music, Turbo, Eskimo, Future Classic, Systematic, Boxer... He consequently tours massively worldwide all year-round, djing his mixture of electronic house and disco and enjoying loyal followings in Brazil, Mexico and Russia. He's also running his own house Loulou Records imprint, together with his partner Jerome, with who he produces and djs worldwide too as LOULOU PLAYERS. The label has a firm house music policy with a knack at scouting future talents and gets strong support from the likes of MANDY, Richy Ahmed, Solomun, Ivan Smagghe, H.O.S.H, Wally Lopez, Chlöé...
And last but not least, he's also been creating more leftfield electronic music since 2008 with Brussels dance-music pioneer Geoffroy Mugwump, causing a stir with their killer MUGWUMP 12's and remixes for Kompakt (mainly) and on Gigolo, R&S, Cocoon, Throne Of Blood, Misericord, International Feel, Permanent Vacation or Endless Flight. After months of hard work, the forthcoming Mugwump debut album that includes great guests/vocal featurings is now ready to be unleashed.
Hard work, constancy, open-mindness and huge technical skills are the key ingredients that define Kolombo's path to success within dance music today.
USELESS PARTY - PARIS (FR)
French born and raised, Second Guesser has definitely a US background
when it comes to music.
Flash Recordings // Berlin (AUT)
Florian Meindl is a DJ, producer and sound designer from Austria, based in Berlin. In addition to numerous collaborations with international artists he is busy with producing remixes (for Röyksopp, Hot Chip, Dave Seaman…), running his label FLASH Recordings and composing new music. He has successfully completed his BA studies at the London College of Music where his Loops & Samples brand “Riemann Kollektion” was found. By now you can find 20 releases with many guest producers such as Pan-Pot, Shlomi Aber, Christian Smith, Popof, Wehbba and Ramon Tapia.
Till now his productions have been released on labels such as Trapez, Herzblut, K7, Kling Klong, Tronic, EMI France, Wall of Sound, Boxer, Hell Yeah, Great Stuff and his own imprint FLASH Recordings.
If you ask Florian about the origin of his exceptional career, he will describe it as an "early identification with electronic music" which occurred in a small village in beautiful Upper Austria. In the age of 13 he bought his first House Record and in the age of 16 he played already in local clubs as a warmup act for big import DJs. His international career took off when he released on Trapez in 2006 and collaborated with Berlin head honcho Oliver Koletzki.
From his home-base Berlin he tours the world's top clubs, his DJ sets are known more than anything else for his precision in creating driving, surprising and diversified DJ sets. Closely following the present development, this demanding representative of the next generation of electronic music is presently focussing on the expansion of his international work.
Every year Florian is working on a main project, on a milestone, in 2012 it clearly was his debut album WAVES – in 2014 he will move into the new “Riverside Studios Berlin” and start new collaborations - watch out and be up to date with Florian’s Twitter @florianmeindl
Descending Order // Slovenia (SLO)
Real name Dennis Beganovich, jazz trombonist, keyboard player,composer-arranger,producer. A big Brasilian music lover, I went to skoolz all over the world(had fun),v ery much involved with electronic music, working a lot for different Dj's as Valentino Kanzyani with whom he wrote the famous hit LELIWA (I'd say yes), helping make remixes for many of them,s ideman musician for Slovenian pop star MAGNIFICO where he plays trombone, trumpet, euphonium tenor, keyboards and backing vocals. Currently he is running his own project (nu-jazz,bossa,lounge music) band AREIA. Writes music for short movies. Released for other artists on many big dance labels as earresistible musick, Yoshitoshi-(Dep Dish label), La factoria, Shinichi, Jesus Loved You, Universal Japan ,Sony Italy, Scenariomusic, CR2... played a lot in different salsa bands, pop bands. some of my tunes got on many compilations all over the world. One of the most successful tunes is also featured on Deep Dish mix cd -Toronto-global underground. Still working a lot in a jazz enviroment, writing-arranging for different groups....Currently focusing on a upcoming album F.O.A. together with ANEURIA and just joined the Colours in Music crew with an upcoming release. You can contact me for any recording or live gig with instruments or as a djset, or for telling you some fresh jokes....
Carl Ozman was born and raised in France where he also took his first musical steps as a DJ in local Clubs playing Rare Groove, Jazz and Detroit Techno.
Just Jack / Morris Audio / Development // Manchester (UK)
Known predominantly for his long standing tenure as promoter, resident and label owner for the renowned Development collective in Manchester UK, Tom Lynch aka Tomson has crammed a lot into his 28 years to date. Having played alongside luminaries such as Masters at Work, Ron Trent, Lil’ Louis, Danny Krivit, Osunlade, Dixon, Larry Heard and many others, Tom has also helped spread the consistently deep Development Music sound with regular appearances around the UK's best underground party spots as well as tours to foreign shores with gigs in Ibiza, Croatia, South Africa and more.
As a solo artist and alongside regular partner in crime Benedict, Tomson has remixed for artists such as Atjazz, Paris Brightledge, Ronnie Ron, Flowriders and Tone Control. A slew of original productions have followed with a debut single featuring the stunning vocals of Paul Randolph on Deepermotions Music, backed up by the much lauded 'Rainy Things' EP on London's world-renowned Freerange Records. The latter received support and plays from artists ranging from Josh Wink and Laurent Garnier to Deetron and Paul Woolford, who featured the tracky Telepathy Dub on his Radio 1 Essential Mix.
Taking his influences in equal measure from soul and hip hop as deep house and techno, Tomson's music comfortably morphs together inspirations old and new. This forward thinking sound has found it's way onto labels such as Freerange, Huddtraxx, Tone Control, Deepermotions, NYSoul, Development Music, Pep Sounds, Kolour, Smooth Agent and Morris Audio.
Kindisch Musics / Supernature Records // Boston (US)
DJ & producer based in Boston USA that releases on Supernature and Kindisch.
Techsoul Records / I Records // Sanfrancisco (US)
Innervisions / Sonar Kollektiv // Berlin (GER)
WHEN DIXON ENTERED THE BERLIN CLUB CIRCUIT IN THE EARLY 90’S, HE ESTABLISHED HIS NAME ON THE STRENGTH OF DJING. BACK THEN, CONFIDENCE OR EXPERIENCE BASED ON PUTTING OUT MIXES IN THE INTERNET DID NOT MATTER AS MUCH AS IT DOES NOW. YOU HAD TO DO YOUR PRACTICE, OF COURSE, BUT WHEN YOUR THING WAS GOOD AND TIGHT ENOUGH TO TAKE IT TO THE CLUBS, THERE WERE OPPORTUNITIES TO DO SO. BUT THOSE OPPORTUNITIES MEANT RESPONSIBILITIES. A RESIDENCY DID NOT MEAN PLAYING THE SAME CLUB EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE, IT MEANT PLAYING THE SAME CLUB EVERY WEEK. THE CROWD DID NOT CONSIST OF PEOPLE THAT WANDER IN AND OUT OF CLUB NIGHTS AND ITS GUEST DJS AS THE WEEKLY HYPE COMMANDED THEM, IT CONSISTED OF PEOPLE WHICH HEADED STRAIGHT TO A CERTAIN CLUB NIGHT BECAUSE THEY WERE SURE ITS RESIDENT DJ WOULD DELIVER THE GOODS THIS WEEK AS HE DID LAST WEEK, AND THE NEXT WEEKS TO COME. AS LONG AS THAT HAPPENED, THERE WAS NO NEED TO MOVE ON. YOU MADE YOUR DECISION TO RETURN OUT OF GOOD EXPERIENCE AND YOU STUCK TO IT AS LONG AS IT LASTED.
IN SUCH A CONTEXT, THERE IS NO WAY TO LEARN QUICKER HOW TO BECOME A VERY GOOD DJ THAN BY MAKING PEOPLE DANCE THROUGHOUT A SET THAT LASTS THE WHOLE NIGHT, ON A VERY REGULAR BASIS. IF YOU CAN’T HOLD THE CROWD FOR HOURS THEN, YOU FALL THROUGH. IT IS LEARNING BY DOING, THE HARD WAY. DIXON DID NOT ONLY LEARN VERY QUICKLY, HE LOVED EVERY MOMENT OF IT. STARTING OUT LOW, SLOW, UNFOLDING THE FLOW, WORKING TOWARDS A PEAK, THEN WORKING TOWARDS ANOTHER, TURNING UP, TURNING DOWN, TO FIND THE EXACT POINT FROM WHICH TO SWING MOODS, TO FIND THE PERFECT WAY TO END WHAT SHOULD BE A LASTING EXPERIENCE. ONCE YOU PASSED YOUR EXAMS IN THE NIGHT CLUB SCHOOL OF THAT ERA WITH DISTINCTION, YOU CAN RELY ON IT FOREVERMORE, AND DIXON SURELY DID. HIS RESIDENCIES THEN AND NOW ARE OBVIOUSLY SCHOOLED ON THE STYLISTIC AND TECHNICAL VERSATILITY AND SKILLS, ATTITUDE, STAMINA AND EXPERIENCE BASED ON COUNTLESS NIGHTS HONING WAYS TO DIRECT A LOYAL CROWD ON THE DANCE FLOOR AT WILL. HOURS SPENT TO FIND AND SELECT THE RIGHT MUSIC TO ACHIEVE THE LEVELS OF INTENSITY NECESSARY, HOURS SPENT TO PLAN THE IMMINENT NIGHT’S STRUCTURE AND PROCEEDINGS, AND THEN HOURS SPENT PUTTING IT INTO ACTION. DIXON WAS ALWAYS MORE THAN HAPPY TO SPEND THIS MUCH TIME ON HIS NIGHTS, BECAUSE HE TAKES HIS PROFESSION SERIOUSLY. IT IS EXACTLY WHAT MATTERS MOST TO HIM. HE HAS ALWAYS BEEN AND HE ALWAYS WILL BE A DJ FIRST. THIS IS THE MISSION HE EMBARKED ON, NO END IN SIGHT.
KEEPING ALL THIS IN MIND, IT COMES AS NO SURPRISE THAT DIXON EXTENDED HIS MERITS BEYOND THE CLUB BY A MEDIUM CLOSELY CONNECTED TO THE DJ CRAFT. HE COMPILED AND MIXED THE OFF LIMITS COMPILATIONS, WHICH BECAME VERY POPULAR AND INTRODUCED HIS IMPECCABLE STYLE OF MIXING TO A PUBLIC RECEPTION WAY BEYOND THAT OF THOSE WHO HAD ALREADY HEARD HIM PLAY IN A CLUB CONTEXT. LATER HE BRANCHED OUT TO EVEN MORE SUCCESS BY DOING A HIGHLY INFLUENTIAL MIX COMPILATION FOR THE GET PHYSICAL LABEL’S BODY LANGUAGE SERIES, A MIX CD THAT HAS INSPIRED PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD. THESE RELEASES WERE INTENDED TO SHOW THE SINCERE DEDICATION DIXON HAS TO HIS PROFESSION, AND THEY EVIDENTIALLY DO.
THE A & R AND LABEL WORK
HOWEVER DECIDED DIXON WAS TO FOLLOW THE PATH OF HIS CHOICE THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER, HE CERTAINLY WAS NOT INSISTENT ON TRAVELLING ALONE. HE USED EVENTS TO INTRODUCE FOREIGN DJS TO BERLIN CROWDS, RAISED HIS PROFILE BY PROVIDING MEMORABLE SUPPORT SLOTS IN THE PROCESS, AND CONTACTS WERE MADE. HE GOT TO KNOW LIKEMINDED SOULS FROM ALL OVER THE GLOBE, AND HE TRAVELLED ABROAD HIMSELF, AND HIS REPUTATION GREW FURTHER. MEANWHILE BACK HOME, HE MADE BONDS WITH JAZZANOVA AND BECAME INVOLVED WITH THEIR VIBRANT SONAR KOLLEKTIV LABEL. NEVER THE ONE TO SHY AWAY FROM CHALLENGE, DIXON MADE HIS FIRST FORAY INTO LABEL AND A & R WORK WITH RUNNING SONAR KOLLEKTIV’S SUBLABEL RECREATION RECORDINGS, WHERE HE SET UP A TESTING GROUND FOR HIS PERSONAL VIEW ON HOUSE. HE INTRODUCED ÂME IN THE PROCESS, TWO COMRADES FROM THE TRADITIONALLY STRONG DEEP HOUSE SCENE OF SOUTHERN GERMANY, WHOM HE BROUGHT TO THE SONAR KOLLEKTIV STABLE, ONLY TO OBSERVE THAT THEY PULLED IN THE KUDOS FOR THEIR MUSIC VERY QUICKLY.
IN 2005, THE REIGN OF MINIMAL SOUNDS IN CLUBLAND WAS GAINING MOMENTUM AS MUCH AS HOUSE LOST IT, AND MORE SOONER THAN LATER DIXON CAME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT THERE HAD TO BE A WAY TO MAINTAIN HIS PREFERRED SOUND WHILE SO MANY DJS AND ARTISTS WERE REDUCING THE MUSICAL INGREDIENTS OF THEIR OUTPUT. THE CHOICE WAS SIMPLY EITHER TO ADAPT OR TO REBUILD. DIXON DECIDED FOR THE LATTER AND TOOK THE NEXT STEP WITH ANOTHER SONAR KOLLEKTIV SUBLABEL CALLED INNERVISIONS, WHICH HE FOUNDED WITH ÂME. IT WAS CLEAR FROM THE BEGINNING THAT THIS LABEL WAS INTENDED TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE, AND IT WAS CLEAR FROM THE BEGINNING THAT ALL THE CONNECTIONS DIXON MADE WITH LIKEMINDED SOULS SHOULD COME INTO FRUITION WITH IT. IT WAS A PLATFORM THAT WAS THOUGHT OF TO KEEP UP THE HOUSE TRADITION ALL THOSE INVOLVED STAYED SO FAITHFUL TO OVER THE YEARS, BUT IT WAS ALSO THOUGHT OF TO BREATHE SOME FRESH AIR INTO IT. AND SO IT DID. DIXON’S FAMOUS REWORK OF TOKYO BLACK STAR’S BLADE DANCER KNOCKED ON THE DOOR, AND ALREADY THE SECOND RELEASE, ÂME’S FUTURE CLASSIC REJ EP, WAS BREAKING RIGHT THROUGH IT. THE FOLLOWING RELEASES BY BEFRIENDED ARTISTS CONFIRMED THE ALMOST INSTANTLY GOOD REPUTATION OF THE IMPRINT AND WITHIN A SHORT TIME IT BECAME OBVIOUS THAT SOMETHING WAS ACHIEVED THAT NOT ANY LABEL COULD ACHIEVE: A SOUND WAS INNOVATED AND AN IDENTITY, WHICH BEGAN TO SEEP THROUGH THE SCENE, AFFECTING THE WAY OTHER LABELS RECRUITED AND PUBLISHED THEIR ROSTER. WHILE BEING DEVELOPED ON THE BACK OF A LONGSTANDING TRADITION, INNERVISIONS KICKED HOUSE BACK INTO FOCUS, AND MANY OTHERS WERE HAPPY TO JOIN IN, EITHER AGAIN OR FOR THE FIRST TIME. ALWAYS INTERESTED IN PRODUCING SOME ADDED VALUE TO A GOOD THING, DIXON SOON USED THE SUCCESS TO PUT OTHER IDEAS INTO ACTION. THE LABEL WAS PARTED FROM THE SONAR KOLLEKTIV MOTHERSHIP AND BECAME INDEPENDENT, AND THE TRADEMARK ARTWORK OF THE LABEL WAS GETTING CONNECTED WITH SOUGHT AFTER FASHION AND DESIGN ITEMS, CAREFULLY CONCEIVED TO MEET THE HIGH STANDARDS OF THE INNERVISIONS CAMP AND ITS SUPPORTERS.
THE PRODUCER & REMIXER
THE RELATIONSHIP WITH SONAR KOLLEKTIV HELPED DIXON TO FULLY TAP INTO AREAS HE HAD NOT FULLY EXPLORED BEFORE, AND HE FELT CONFIDENT ENOUGH TO DO SO. IN SHORT, DIXON EXTENDED HIS IDEA OF HOUSE BEYOND DJING, AND APPLIED IT TO OTHER PEOPLE’S WORK. AND IN CONTRAST TO HIS PUBLIC DJ PERSONA HE DEFINED HIS ROLE IN FIELDS LIKE PRODUCING AND REMIXING THIS TIME AS THE ONE WHO STAYS OUT OF THE SPOTLIGHT, HELPING TO SHAPE AND REDEFINE SOUNDS AND ARTISTS FROM HIS LONGSTANDING EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE AND TASTE. FIRST, A STRING OF ACCLAIMED REMIXES ENSUED, REMODELLING THE MUSIC OF THE LIKES OF FEMI KUTI, ATJAZZ, KEMETIC JUST AND A WHOLE PLETHORA OF ARTISTS ON THE DEEP END OF SONAR KOLLEKTIV AND AFFILIATED LABELS LIKE COMPOST, WAVE, YELLOW PRODUCTIONS OR NUPHONIC. THE INVOLVEMENT WITH RECREATION RECORDINGS ALSO GAVE HIM THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARPEN HIS SKILLS AS AN EXECUTIVE PRODUCER IN THE CLASSIC SENSE OF WORKING WITH OTHER ARTISTS, ARRANGING, DISCUSSING, TWEAKING, ADVISING, EDITING AND ESPECIALLY PUSHING TRACKS TOWARDS THE NEEDS OF SOPHISTICATED DANCEFLOORS. MANY NIGHTS ON THE DECKS HAD GIVEN HIM A GOOD FEELING AND INTUITION FOR WHAT COULD HELP THE MUSIC HE DEALT WITH, AND SO HE LENT HIS KNOWLEDGE TO ARTISTS LIKE CLARA HILL AND OF COURSE GEORG LEVIN, A VERY TALENTED SINGER AND SONGWRITER. HE PROVED TO BE A PERFECT COMPANION FOR THE PROJECT WAHOO, AND AS BY NOW THINGS TENDED TO FALL INTO PLACE AS THEY WERE THOUGHT TO BE, IT ALSO BECAME A MASSIVE SUCCESS. TRACKS LIKE MAKE ‘EM SHAKE IT FULFILLED THEIR UNASHAMEDLY APPEALING HIT POTENTIAL, AND A WHOLE FINE ALBUM FOLLOWED, SHEDDING LIGHT ON THE PAIR’S OTHER MUSICAL PREFERENCES BESIDES HOUSE, LIKE MODERN SOUL, REGGAE AND EVEN ROCK.
WHEN INJURIES KEPT YOUNG STEFFEN “DIXON” BERKHAHN FROM WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN A FOOTBALL CAREER, HE TOOK TO MUSIC. LOOKING BACK, THAT WAS A SMART MOVE. OF COURSE HE LATER RETURNED TO THE GAME, BOTH AS PLAYER AND CHAIRMAN OF HIS BELOVED FC MAGNET MITTE. BUT NEVER MIND THAT NOW, LET’S STICK TO THE MUSIC. WHEN DJ DIXON, AS HE THEN WAS KNOWN, ENTERED THE CIRCUIT IN THE EARLY 90’S, THE MUSIC DOMINATING BERLIN’S CLUBLAND WAS RELENTLESS. THOSE WERE THE DAYS WHEN THE CITY’S WELL DOCUMENTED LEGACY AS TECHNO MAINSTAY WAS FORMED. MAYBE SURPRISING TO SOME, DIXON DELVED INTO BREAKBEATS FIRST, AND MADE HIS FIRST APPEARANCES PLAYING AT EVENTS ORGANIZED BY ATARI TEENAGE RIOT. AND HE WAS A TEENAGER HIMSELF. AND TEENAGERS TEND TO DISCOVER WHAT THEY REALLY WANT VERY QUICKLY. AND WHAT DIXON DISCOVERED WAS HOUSE. HE VERY MUCH TOTALLY FELL IN LOVE WITH IT. WHAT DIXON ALSO DISCOVERED WAS THAT HIS CONCEPT OF HOUSE DID NOT NECESSARILY MATCH THE CONCEPT OF HOUSE OTHER DJS HAD, AND IT CERTAINLY DID NOT MATCH THE RELENTLESSNESS MENTIONED ABOVE. DIXON IS A SOULBOY AT HEART, BUT HE DOES NOT LIKE HIS SOUL SCREAMING IN YOUR FACE. HE LIKES HIS SOUL TRUE AND PURE. IT WAS THE FIRST AND NOT THE LAST TIME THAT DIXON FELT HE DID NOT REALLY BELONG TO THE PROCEEDINGS. HIS STYLE OF PLAYING WAS TOO DEEP AND STRIPPED FOR THE RULING GARAGE POMP OF THE GAY HOUSE SCENE, YET NOT BANGING ENOUGH TO MEET THE DEMANDS OF THE TECHNO RAVERS. NEVERTHELESS DIXON DECIDED TO STICK TO HIS IDEA OF HOUSE, ALSO THE FIRST BUT NOT THE LAST TIME. AND HE WAS AROUND, DEVELOPING HIS SKILLS AND STYLE AT CLUB LEGENDS LIKE E-WERK, TRESOR, TURBINE AND WMF’S SEMINAL AUDIO VIDEO DISCO NIGHTS. IN 2005, DIXON FOUNDED INNER CITY, A MONTHLY NIGHT AT BERLIN’S SEMINAL WEEKEND CLUB THAT SERVED TO GIVE DIXON BACK THE OPPORTUNITY TO PLAY LIKE HE COULD PLAY WHEN HE STARTED OUT PLAYING. IT WAS OBVIOUS TO ANYBODY ATTENDING THAT THE CLUB WAS MORE THAN LIBERATING. DIXON USED THE POSSIBILITIES OF HIS NEWLY FOUND FREEDOM TO FULL EFFECT, CONSTRUCTING MARATHON SETS THAT SOOTHED THE CROWDS, AND LATTER WHIPPED THEM INTO A FRENZY UNTIL SUNRISE AND FURTHER. SOON THE OTHER INNERVISIONS DJS AS WELL AS ILLUSTRIOUS GUEST DJS JOINED THE PARTY, AND INNER CITY BECAME A GUIDING LIGHT FOR ALL THINGS HOUSE, AS ATTENDING CLUBBERS, DJS AND PRODUCERS SPREAD THE WORD FAR BEYOND BERLIN’S CITY LIMITS.
Get Physical // London (GB)
Remix Fever Ray, Moby, M.A.N.D.Y vs Booka Shade and Tiga before you've even released a solo single—there aren't too many young producers these days that could lay claim to such a coup. It takes true creative flair to carve out a new career solely by interpreting the work of others, and London's Ben Hoo has done just that. And having now released two solo EP's, 'Marea' and 'Modal', through Get Physical sub-label Kindisch, with a third on the way, Hoo is further establishing his place amongst electronic music's most promising new talents.
Ben's involvement with the genre (somewhat inevitably if you've heard his highly accomplished productions) can be traced back to his early teenage years. Weaned on a diet of soul and disco by his dad and choral and classical music by his mum, Ben began to take note of electronic music's infinite sound and texture possibilities. Artists like Leftfield, Hybrid, Nitin Sawhney and BT formed the backbone of this fascination and it wasn't too long before Ben endeavoured to take this interest to the next level with the purchase of his first synthesizer. Teaching himself the ins and outs of composition, Ben simultaneously maintained his study of piano and drums, eventually bringing together his many musical facets through formal education.
If there is a constant running from Ben's years as a producer it's that he never wedded himself to a single style or genre. Techno and house inform Ben's recorded music as much as down-tempo and contemporary classical. From a production perspective, however, the narrative behind the scenes is one of sound manipulation and design. Ben appears innately drawn towards reconfiguring audio, while juxtaposing these explorations with the creation of his own synthetic tones.
Most artists' ascents are aided by a touch of good fortune at some point in their careers, and in Ben's case receiving a request for a speculative remix of Rex the Dog's "Bubblicious" proved to be pivotal. His version was commissioned, and off the back of its bubbling synth lines and intuitive percussion Ben was asked to turn in further remixes for Fever Ray and Moby. Both of the ensuing productions clearly illustrated that this was a producer who was unwilling to stick to a single formula—over the course of just three remixes Ben had explored glitchy house, smoky down-tempo and epic electronica.
2010 saw Ben tapped by Tiga to rework his massive "Mind Dimension" single—to which Ben obliged with a snarling, breaks infused, minimal remix, which reached the top 5 of Beatport's breaks chart, and was loved so much by the man himself he added it onto the digital release of his album. Ben also delivered a mix of M.A.N.D.Y. Vs Booka Shade's "Donut"—this time a rolling tech-house interpretation. Booka Shade felt Ben's version was strong enough for inclusion on RA.150, their landmark podcast for Resident Advisor. It was this remix which helped ignite his continued relationship with seminal Berlin label Get Physical, with sub-label Kindisch releasing Ben Hoo's debut solo release 'Marea' in 2011, the follow up EP 'Modal' in early 2012 and further remixes commissioned for M.A.N.D.Y vs Adultnapper and Actor One.
Demonstrating his diversity as a producer, Hoo continues to deliver an impressive array of sophisticated electronica. Electronic music pioneer, Moby, is such a fan of Ben's downtempo work, he commissioned him to remix two singles from his latest album 'Destroyed'.
"Ben Hoo effortlessly traverses the boundaries between very well produced, sophisticated sounding electronica and deep, warm, atmospheric techno..."
Inputselector // Nantes (FR)
After spending 3 years kicking the turntables he learns how to align kicks,
blips and hats. Huge vinyl lover his style goes from minimal house to jazzy
techno without flourishes. His short musical career already brought him to
few clubs and festivals around Europe. He released on labels like Telegraph,
Multivitamins, Timid Records... He also takes part of Input Selector’s crew.