January 2 Isaac Tichauer / No Regular Play [live/dj] / Slow Hands [live]
Bound together with oozing soul and moody bass-lines, Isaac Tichauer’s productions splice together classic and contemporary house concepts. A classically trained pianist and heavily influenced by the Detroit house scene, Isaac orchestrates a deep progressive energy in his music through detailed synth work, melancholy vocals and classic lead elements from Rhodes to strings. In July 2013, Isaac was signed to FRENCH EXPRESS (USA) and debuted with his critically acclaimed full length album, Devotion, a release that gave the world a captivating first glance at Isaac’s production muscle and lengthy infatuation with the genre. Now residing in Berlin, Isaac works as a producer full-time, dedicating his time to a host of brand new productions and continuing his celebrated mixtape series.
No Regular Play
are a duo equally at home in the rehearsal rooms of Julliard as in the main room of Fabric. Emotive and unapologetically organic, their fluid approach unites more than a lifetime of influences. Their impressive live show, which features Greg Paulus’ inimitable trumpet and vocals alongside Nick DeBruyn’s masterful manipulation of the rhythm and soundscapes bridges the gap between the indie arena and the heartbeat of the dancefloor. Watch their set at Boiler Room Berlin
Slow Hands aka Ryan Cavanagh is an organic specialist. His rich yet languid style bares all the hallmarks of the classical and compositional training he has had, whilst everything from jazz to blues to trippy electronica inform the New Yorker’s well honed production palette. Having emerged on the now landmark ‘Significant Others’ EP (with his track “Fast Tongue” released by inimitable New York stable Wolf + Lamb in only 2009) he’s gone on to thread sunny melodies and steamy bass lines for More or Less as well as Gadi’s boutique, vinyl-only label Double Standards; Permanent Vacation and more.
January 2 Lit City Rave: DJ Manny / Sudanim b2b Miss Modular b2b CYPHR / DJ TiGa / J-Cush / Durban [in Cabaret Bar]
DJ Manny is without a doubt Chicago’s most up and coming footwork producer and has all the moves to prove it. Twenty one years old, Mr. Kush Pack is already a respected veteran. Raised in Harvey, a South Side Chicago suburb, and footworking since the age of 10, he was mentored by DJs Spinn and Rashad, quickly becoming apart of their Ghetto Teknitianz crew. Part of his own dance crew Take Ova Gang (aka T.O.G. aka Taliban) as well as footwork OG super-group Red Legends alongside the likes of Agee the CEO, Que, LiteBulb, Poo, Darreon and Steve-O, he destroys weekly battles at Underground Track Factory on the city’s South Side both on the floor and behind the decks. He has proven to be footwork’s youngest in charge. His album is forthcoming on Rashad and J-Cush’s label Lit City Trax.
Sudamin’s Her Records was just named one of Fact Magazine’s “10 Best Labels of 2014.” “No dance label had a way with anthems quite like Her this year. The label had been building momentum in late 2013, but things tipped over with Miss Modular’s ‘Reflector Pack’, a glossy take on US club music that rarely failed to shift sets into a higher gear. Not to be outdone, label boss Sudanim followed with his own trio of club favourites – ‘Floorlock’, ‘The Link’ and ‘Pleasure Flood’. Not be outdone, CYPHR quietly established himself as a real talent, closing the year with the airlock atmospherics of his Ekleipsis EP,” says Fact.
DJ TiGa has been evolving the Jersey Club sound with Newark’s club veterans, Brick Bandits, for nearly 10 years. An all round rhythmic re-visionist, whose mix of Jersey Club, decknical skills and keen dance floor productions have seen him shine on the underground in recent years. Although carving his path through club land, his productions boldly reach for new horizons. TiGa’s approach flips everything from Jersey, Philly and Baltimore club, hip hop, R’n’B, juke, ballroom, reggae and everything in between to create a kaleidoscopic club vibe. He has two releases slated for early 2015 on Lit City Trax.
Growing up in both New York and London, J-Cush founded Lit City Trax in 2012 as part rave night, part record label. Whether grime, kuduro, footwork, kwaito or other genres of club music, J-Cush has his finger on the pulse of future sounds spanning the globe. His dynamic DJ sets quickly merge different sounds with each other, past and present. He is also a member of Future Brown, the new DJ supergroup, with Nguzunguzu and Fatima Al Qadiri.
Durban, AKA Joe Papas, grew up going to drum and bass raves in his hometown of Brixton. Inspired by his surroundings, Joe started mixing at age 19 and quickly picked up producing. After moving to New York in 2012, Joe spent the last two years honing his sound as a resident DJ at Lit City parties. His new EP ‘Chimes’ is a nod to the evolution of future club music.
January 3 VAGUE: Delano Smith / Point G / [live] Anthea / Fernando Costantini / Fong + Jeffrey Scott
Delano Smith was one of the first ‘mobile DJs’ in a city that embraced DJ culture early on, before music stores sold more turntables than guitars. Emerging as one of the top progressive DJs in Detroit during the 80s, alongside the legendary Ken Collier (RIP), Smith mastered the art form while playing the underground and club parties that set the stage for today’s global party circuit. After taking time off from Djing in the 90s to pursue personal interests, Smith began playing events again after receiving numerous requests from promoters. Smith began producing music in 2002 and released his first track, “Tribunal of Souls” on Psychostasia Recordings. Later that year, his successful contribution to the internationally recognized Detroit Beatdown Vol. 1 on Third Ear Recordings inspired him to launch his own label to bring his music, along with other artists, to the global house community.
Making a strong impact on the underground scene in the 90’s, Point G gained much respect amongst his peers with timeless releases “Underwater” or “Chicken Coma”… In his absence, a cult following grew, rare vinyl pressings of his mid-nineties tracks became notoriously difficult to find and are now highly regarded. Just a year ago Point G announced he was coming back, re-releasing some of his classic material through the new generation. The return of one of Paris’ most revered underground heroes began with the re-release of some of his highly sought after back catalogue. Point G also revealed that there was plenty of new music on the way, too, as the project that was first launched in the mid-nineties was rejuvenated for an assault on the 21st Century. And now that new material is here, released in tandem with the launch of Point G Records… cue the fanfare!
No longer a fledgling artist, Anthea is now firmly at the forefront of house and techno talents. Once a behind-the-counter fixture of London’s Flying Records and Phonica Records, Berlin transplant Anthea has been honing her tastemaker’s ear for 15 years. After building a reputation as the most in-demand female DJ in London, Anthea now disseminates her distinct brand of funk-fueled music to every corner of the globe as a world-renowned DJ, a producer for Cecille, Phonica, Freak n Chic and Desolat, as vocalist and collaborator alongside many of the scene’s underground heroes, and as the A&R expert behind the sound of Brouqade Records.
January 9 Bespoke Musik: Kölsch / Daniel Bortz / Luca Bacchetti
Well known for his productions, Rune Reilly Kölsch
has sold millions of records all over the world under his many different monikers and production work includes some of the biggest artist in the world. But something has always been missing. Being a true techno head, paying homage to his underground roots is very important to him. So he started the slightly mysterious Tattoorecs
with his brother Johannes Torpe, and together they are enjoying great success with their blend of romantic techno with strong influences from the heydays of Detroit and Chicago. Listen to a preview of the recent Balance presents Kölsch here
It was the mid-’90s, the heyday of techno in Munich-Riem, home to the Optimal and other legendary clubs, when Daniel Bortz stepped into the never-ending, untiring loop of the stoically pumping bass drum. He was born in Berlin in 1981, but shortly thereafter his family moved to Bavaria, where he grew up. For the last 13 years he has been forging his deep beats, grooves and tracks for the club world from his base of operations in Augsburg. And it’s precisely that club world that Bortz has been gracing with his releases for quite some time now, aiming right for its hype-craving g-spot. He got his training as a producer with the Munich label Pastamusik with whom he released his first recording 2007. Since then, he’s been refining his sound between crate digging, house-nostalgia, digitally transferred dance music, sample insanity and a healthy dose of eclecticism.
Luca Bacchetti is the first to admit it. Just as musical inspiration runs through his veins and is his very lifeblood, so too is a certain restlessness and a propensity for boredom for a singular musical output that accompanies it. There’s simply too much music to draw from and too much beauty in life that inspires creative expression – whether it be from art or through travel, both of which he embraces with the same lust that accompanies his inspiring sonic shapeshifting career over the past decade. When there’s so much varying beauty and inspiration to mine from, you can understand why Luca Bacchetti the producer and DJ could never be defined or even confined to one thing. Or why Luca Bacchetti the label owner named his imprint ENDLESS, as a way of acknowledging the fact that you can never experience everything in life.
January 10 Maya Jane Coles / Kim Ann Foxman
Maya Jane Coles is somewhat of an enigma in today’s music world; on a typical Maya Jane Coles record, Maya will have written, produced, engineered, arranged, mixed and performed every element of the track; sometimes top-lining and, on most occasions, even designing the sleeve artwork too. Life has been changing quite dramatically for the British-Japanese, producer/DJ; having recently released her biggest body of work to date — her debut album, Comfort — things look set to keep on changing.
For the past few years Kim Ann Foxman has been brewing a club cult following across the globe; crisscrossing everywhere from Japan to Cologne and Chicago she’s established herself as one of the most sought after DJs and artists on the house scene. Splitting her time between her home base in New York City’s East Village and her globetrotting schedule she’s released a single, ‘Creature / What You Need’ as well as a raft of great remixes. She brings her loyal dance followers to the floor with her infectious, soulful DJ sets that intoxicate dance floors everywhere.
January 15 Zeitgeist: Todd Terje [live] / Free Magic
Todd Terje, born Terje Olsen, arrived on the Scandinavian dance scene in 2004 and, in short order, became one of its prominent figures beside early supporter Prins Thomas and Hans-Peter Lindstrøm. Terje channeled a voracious appetite for several styles of music — including dub, disco, synth pop, house, and techno — into warmly received edits of tracks by Bee Gees, Michael Jackson, and Santana. He also made a splash in 2005 with “Eurodans,” one of his own productions, released on Thomas’ Full Pupp label. By 2006, it was difficult to keep tabs on all of Terje’s remix work, though the man’s looks at Lindstrøm’s “Another Station,” Studio’s “Life’s a Beach!,” Kaoru Inoue’s “The Secret Field,” and Dølle Jølle’s “Balearic Incarnation” weren’t easy to avoid in discerning DJ sets. On ‘Remaster of the Universe,’ released on 2010 through Permanent Vacation, Terje served up a collection of his edits and remixes in the form of a continuous DJ mix. A year later, he released one of his most popular tracks, “Snooze 4 Love,” on Gerd Janson’s Running Back. April 2014 saw the release of Todd Terje’s debut album, It’s Album Time.
Free Magic is the resident DJs of Discovery, a monthly club night in Brooklyn every second Saturday. Playing with the threads connecting house, disco, and techno, they set the mood for diverse headliners booked according to who’s records spends the most time in their record crates. Discovery Recordings provides a vinyl outlet for material from friends and their own studios.
January 16 Mobilee New York: Anja Schneider / Rodriguez Jr. [live] / Re.You / Dylan Schwartz
Anja Schneider is a name that isn’t new to the game. She has been a part of the scene for many years as a broadcaster, producer, world-renowned DJ and founder of Mobilee Records. Once upon a time she was labeled a “perpetual motion machine,” and is one of the hardest working individuals in the business. Widely respected throughout the world in the spectrum of house and techno, Anja has traveled all over the world rocking clubs and festivals on just about every continent. As well as traveling internationally, Anja has been holding down residencies in Berlin’s Weekend and Watergate clubs for numerous years.
Olivier Mateu’s wide-ranging inspirations and interests find their ultimate outlet as Rodriguez Jr., positioning him as Mobilee’s new master of eclecticism. Rodriguez Jr. reveals a different incarnation of Mateu’s musical psyche, one that strides ahead, guided only by his kaleidoscopic vision; moving through shimmering, contemplative electronica, to deep and urgent techno, leftfield melodic accents and quirky pop refrains, Rodriguez Jr. is the by-product of an untamed brand of creativity and a thirst for the new and unexpected.
It’s been a meteoric rise for Re.You, his success in the electronic music scene a distant cry from shattered hoop dreams. Now firmly Berlin-based, his prolific release schedule continues unabated, the live show with Rampa going from strength to strength as well as DJ sets at clubs across the world.
January 16 SOUP: Love & Logic / Chris Patrick / Joe Pompeo / Jenia Le [in Cabaret Bar]
With a lifetime of experience behind the turntables, and as co-owners of SOUP NYC, Love & Logic have become a staple in the underground house & techno community. Well known for their upfront mixing style and the ability to take the crowd on a musical journey, they are true party rockers on the decks. Chris and AB pride themselves on bringing fun, positive vibes, and quality beats to every night club they’re exposed to. Their vast history in dance music allows them to seamlessly navigate through different styles of quality house & techno music, dropping everything from unreleased tunes by today’s most cutting edge producers, to rare classics, to their own self-produced cuts. They released their debut single “Righteous Way” (that they co-produced with studio guru MMG & vocalist Born I Music) on the world famous King Street Sounds record label and haven’t looked back since. They have a slew of releases on deck slated for dance music’s top labels, and are an act you never want to miss.
January 17 Trouble & Bass: Redlight / Flava D / Kowton / Doctor Jeep / Star Eyes // Turrbotaxx®: Mike Q / Contakt / Mayster / Rem Koolhaus / Space Jam / C-Sick [in Cabaret Bar]
Redlight is a Bristol-based artist navigating the unnamed airspace between house, breakbeats, dubstep and other well-loved dance music sounds. Having already crafted a handful of jet-propelled bangers which have won over early fans and followers including Skream, Toddla T, Jack Beats, Goldie, Carl Cox, Pete Tong and Annie Mac, Redlight now looks set to become a high-flyer.
productions span house, garage, hip hop and grime. She signed to Butterz
in early 2013 and has since released two critically acclaimed records for the label: ‘Hold On’ and ‘On My Mind’, a collaboration with Royal-T. She has also delivered a club smash ‘In The Dance’ for Formula Records. In between these her own download series has garnered attention from Fact, Mixmag, Dummy, SBTV and countless other websites attracting thousands of downloads. You can find all five volumes onFlavaD.com.
A producer at the forefront of the renowned Bristol scene, Kowton has been making waves of late with his tough and grime-inspired take on classic techno and house sounds. Having emerged with records for local institution Idle Hands and Peverelist’s Livity Sound label, he also has releases on Hessle Audio and All Caps.
MikeQ [Fade To Mind|Qween Beat|Mad Decent], Is an American artist and is one of the leading figures of the US’s long-running (but still largely underground) ballroom/vogue-house culture. Based in New Jersey, the 28 year old producer is not only one of the busy DJs, but he also heads up his own Qween Beat Label and turns out a steady stream of vogue and ballroom tracks, re-edits, and remixes.
January 18 Butch / David Berrie / AJ Christou (FREE)
Constantly working in parallels – drenched by a potent mixture of juxtaposition and fluidity in both his sets and his productions – Bülent Gürler AKA Butch, fuses the grey-area space between music of the body and mind. With over 20 years consumed by a thirst for electronic music, the Alzey-born, Mainz raised entity has released on leading imprints such as Desolat, Cocoon, Rekids, Sei Es Drum and beyond, while maintaining a solid DJ schedule that’s seen him open the minds of crowds at fabric, Time Warp and his residency at Berlin’s Watergate.
From Diddy to the underground, David Berrie’s music has evolved like none other. With a unique deejaying and production style, David Berrie looks to carry dance music in the Big Apple into the new decade.
January 22 Supper Club: Pig & Dan / Arjun Vagale / Saint Glock
Verboten debuts a new Supper Club concept in 2015, an intimate combination of amazing food, cocktails and music in a vintage speakeasy-style atmosphere. $60 tickets get you a sumptuous 3 course dinner and cocktail hour with live piano and music by Pig & Dan, SCI+TEC’s Arjun Vagale and executive chef Chris McLaughlin himself, Saint Glock. Doors at 8pm. Also available ar $20 GA tickets starting at 10pm.
If you know Pig&Dan’s work, then you know that they are well known for producing and playing music that is far from linear. They’re always looking to push the envelope with genre-bending music and are devoted to creating something special that gets right under your skin and elevates the spirit. Pig&Dan are constantly spreading their word by playing at some of the best clubs and festivals worldwide.
Arjun Vagale is one of India’s most coveted DJs, part of an exclusive new breed of cutting edge producers who are making a massive globe impact. As one of the country’s leading electronic music exports, he plays incessantly back home and tours regularly in Europe, the USA and Asia. A man with a true passion for the underground, a sound he relentlessly plays, produces and promotes, it’s no surprise that Arjun has received numerous awards for his DJing and production skills, and currently reigns at the top of the DJ Mag India poll.
January 24 Guti [live] / Julian Perez / Livio & Roby / Birdsmakingmachine [live]
“Drawing up his own way” is the philosophy of Guti. He shined in the world of jazz at early age, he demonstrates to be a sensible and intense pianist, with his own language, playing in some of the biggest stadiums and winning gold records in South America in the last decade as a rock musician. In 2006, life took him to a new path: techno music. Curious, ironic and creative, fusing electronic music with his jazz and Latin roots, Guti quickly became one of the most eager and interesting producers of the Latino American house scene. He has shown his amazing live set in the best clubs of the world touring as a Desolat artist. Currently his music is also running on Crosstown Rebels, Raum, Musik, Wolf & Lamb and Supplement Facts.
Julian Perez developed a love for electronic music since the early 90′s heavily influenced by the music coming out of Detroit, Chicago and UK. These sounds gave him a new direction where he has spent the last 2 decades educating his ear and refining his approach to DJing. After releasing on a handful of the current and relevant labels since 2010 before long it became clear that the next logical step was to launch his very own label Fathers & Sons Productions, a strictly vinyl-only label. This provided Julian a platform to push his sound worldwide and within a short of period time, the label gained international exposure with the likes of Ricardo Villalobos, Arpiar, Radio Slave, Carl Cox, Apollonia and Onur Ozer, to name a few. Julian is now in demand in his own right, with notable gigs and label showcase events in festivals and clubs around the world.
From initiating the first studio sessions back in 2004, Livio & Roby are one of the foremost proponents of groove laden house, fast becoming ambassadors of deep funk-blended tech-house on some of the leading labels in the scene as well as controlling the dance floors of techno playgrounds around the world. Labels including Viva Music, Cecille and Loco Dice’s eminent Desolat have welcomed the deep duo to explore a now signature sound, that’s awash in the beats that made many of us fall for house in the first place. Exercising their persistent reference to a winning Chicago and Detroit compound, sitting on the deep, percussive side of house has earned them their respected place in the often tangled and disjointed electronic scene.
January 25 Denney / Eskuche & Nu Sky / Mike Palladino
It’s true that hard work and dedication are the key to success, which young North-Eastern star Denney realised in 2012 when his first smash hit “Ultraviolet” was signed by the infamous Hot Creations camp, leading to huge international success. He was fast named “Future Hero” in Mixmag and the track held a strong position at Number 1 in the best selling vinyl chart on Juno and gained him support from heavy-weights Sasha, Damian Lazarus, Seth Troxler, MANDY, Pete Tong and many more. Denney’s undeniable talents as a DJ have lead him to play all over the world. His style is unmistakable with a unique blend of house and techno with a distinct ability to create a special atmosphere.
Eskuche and Nu Sky are New York City based DJs / producers, up and coming troopers of the new school of the underground tech house scene. In their music they skillfully combines contemporary sounds and his signature grooves, which form unique sound concept. Fat beats, growling bass lines, shamanic grooves and futuristic new school synthesizers are racing through their music.
January 29 The Carry Nation: Dennis Ferrer / Andy Butler [Hercules & Love Affair]
Right place, right time. It’s an old cliché, but it’s one that’s been the definition of Dennis Ferrer‘s musical career. Just as the dance music world was heading into the world of afro-centric house, Ferrer was there. And then, when it began to embrace the mix of tech and soul, Ferrer was there again, leading the way with his impeccable productions. As Ferrer goes, it seems, so does electronic music. And, as someone who’s never content to do the same thing twice, it’s clear that he’ll be staying on top for years to come.
When Andy Butler founded Hercules And Love Affair in 2006, his vision was to create something that was in a constant state of flux. A revolving door policy when it comes to singers. Evolving sounds to keep things fresh. Never getting too comfortable with a particular sound. Relentlessly exciting. Hercules and Love Affair will always be ruled by Butler’s encyclopedic knowledge of 40 years of NYC dance music, from disco to house and beyond to the DFA era; the effortless way he distills that knowledge into timeless grooves; soulful, classic house-inspired vocals; and that bittersweet, delicious nocturnal melancholy that the best dance music has always tapped, the joy of dancing away a broken heart at 4am.
January 30 Flying Circus: Audiofly / Martin Buttrich / Stacey Pullen / Maayan Nidam + special guest Carl Craig
Made up of Anthony Middleton and Luca Saporito, Audiofly’s 2005 EP ‘Release Yourself’ caught many ears, propelling the duo to a new level. Fairly quickly, the pair’s groovy, melodic and undulating take on house music started to create a huge fan base in the press, in clubs, and in production, with uber-imprints Get Physical, Mood Music, Kickboxer and Renaissance calling on their talents.
Martin Buttrich is famously as fluent behind a mixing console as in front of a virtual drum kit. That technical prowess, combined with a fascination for music of every shape, has resulted in outstanding releases on influential labels such as Planet E, Four:Twenty, Cocoon, Poker Flat, Nervous and Desolat. He’s also put his sonic thumbprint on many big ticket artists, notably receiving a Grammy nomination for a Tori Amos remix in 2003. Such diverse musical horizons are rare. While other prolific artists may have slowly watered down their music, Buttrich’s star has risen in diametric opposition.
Stacey Pullen is the Kosmik Messenger. An innovator from the Second Wave of Detroit techno, he grew up under the mentorship of Detroit’s legendary three: Derrick May, Juan Atkins and Kevin Saunderson. Still continuing to produce his characteristic atmosphere laden electronic sound, Stacey Pullen compounds his reputation as a producer with that of being one of the world’s most in demand DJs, playing weekly across the globe year in, year out. With a font of passion for music and performance that never dries up, Stacey Pullen still plays every gig from the heart seeking to surprise and engage, to provide an unforgettable experience, to offer up his unique catalogue without predictability – defying expectation. Above all, from his earliest attempts to the current day Stacey Pullen has stayed true to his one goal: to become and to always be an innovator.
Maayan Nidam quickly forged a musical path for herself through a rich spread of projects and releases, most notably rising to prominence under the names Miss Fitz and Laverne Radix before emerging under her own name. Maayan shapes sound to fit her own sensibilities, a strategy that has resulted in a significant and growing body of recorded work and a reputation as a talented, versatile DJ sure to take listeners on a ride.
Carl Craig is described as a creative visionary, an electronic music icon, an esteemed Grammy-nominated composer, a world-class DJ and an ambassador for his native city Detroit. The prolific producer/ DJ has few equals in terms of the artistry, influence, and diversity of his music. His remixes discography boasts some of the most desirable names in music, making him one of the most sought after remixers in the world, and his Planet E imprint has given a home to a wide range of Detroit-based artists.
January 31 Bespoke Musik: Catz n Dogz / Heidi / El_Txef_A
The last few years have seen the duo Catz ‘n Dogz’s refreshing take on dance floor music propel them into the limelight and seen them feature in Resident Advisor’s hallowed Top 100 DJ Poll. Creators of the Pets Recordings label, the pair successfully integrate deep house signatures without losing sight of their techno roots, whilst exploring lush, organic soundscapes. Whether you’re charmed by their bass-heavy, colourful, groove-laden DJ sets, drawn in by their arresting live show, weaving your way through their illustrious output as producers, or delving into the magical tunes curated from their close network of friends, Grzegorz and Wojciech (or Greg ‘n Voitek) are simply two of the hottest house Catz (‘n Dogz) around.
Heidi has worked hard over the past decade to make her mark on the new house and techno music generation. You only have to visit her worldwide brand of Jackathon parties and or listen to her BBC Radio 1 show to experience her passion for music and fiery nature.
Now is the time for Aitor Etxebarria, better known as El_Txef_A to expose his innermost feelings, as he’s already begun to on releases from labels like Permanent Vacation, Suol or Pets Recordings. This time, he is undoubtedly on his best of form. Aitor, born and raised in the Basque Country, is in that group of artists sparingly measuring their output, always searching for the new, aiming for high quality instead of constant, monotonous releases. After years of dedicated work, El_Txef_A announces his debut album ‘Slow Dancing In A Burning Room.’ El_Txef_A stands for aspecific and complex sound signature. His primary concern is to develop a sound that people can identify with as well as just simply enjoy freely.