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Cape Verde : “The Early Days of Ibiza” + Interview with Romy Romualdo and Jus-Ed

October 20, 2016 • By

To the west of Africa lie the Cape Verdean Islands, a country known for its Creole-Portugese-African culture, coladera music, morna folk (the Islands’  traditional melancholic genre) and Carnaval, not forgetting the hospitality of its people. The São Vicente island merits a particular mention. The party island and culture capital has been compared to the early days of Ibiza, all the while an electronic music scene has been growing…


This year, a festival UNDERGROUND Mindelo Fest (organised by Rotterdam based Liber Artista) will be welcoming international artists one of whom is Jus-Ed, alongside its own DJs. Our friend Ed so happens to be from Cape Verde. Having never had the chance to visit, this is a first for him. And the very fact that music is bringing him back to his origins is something we’re already smiling about.

We catch up with him before he heads out there. But first, Romy (organiser and resident DJ) gives us a sweet introduction to the festival and an insight into what makes São Vicente such a special place to party…


DJ F aka Ideograma: His Universe

September 29, 2016 • By

Some would say that it would be quite difficult to understand the true value of Ideograma aka DJ F–  online clips of his productions are scarce and his releases are hard to find but dig a little and it is obvious that he is a true electronic artist. A producer, a DJ, a musician who plays live and alongside these elements of music, he has his record store Recycled Music Centre and label Prayers For The Long Life – music is the only job he has known.


Lize: The Last Summer

September 29, 2016 • By

The Lize collectif celebrated some final Summer moments on the wooden decks of Club Der Visionaere last Saturday. Patrick Specke, Bruno Schmidt and Ettore joined Sebastian Rudolph and Patrick Poitz for a near to 24 hour marathon.

Here’s a snapshot of Ettore’s set, a first set in Berlin that won’t be forgotten in a hurry!


After solid releases by Isherwood, St. Joseph and Levat, Lize Records is on its way to releasing their fourth release very soon! Keep and eye out…

The road from Brussels to Antwerp...

Belgium: More Than Just Popcorn

September 28, 2016 • By

Cities within our reach that offer great venues, music and vibes…

Belgium – a country known amongst electronic heads for the birth of Popcorn music, R&S techno, stealthy record diggers and highway parties. Even though the country had its heyday back in the 70s, 80s and 90s, the scene today has evolved and most would say it’s definitely back on its feet.

Brussels and most recently Antwerp are now considered in the same line of thought as the exploding scenes of Kiev, Ljubljana, Tbilisi and the more established Paris, Berlin, Frankfurt and London. The Belgian collectives are throwing parties and giving a place to DJs straight out of the club “archeology scene” – diggers that play the old (and new) gems – rave, breakbeat, electro, deephouse, techno, minimal, UK bleep all included!


Modulove : Made in Milan

September 19, 2016 • By

When we talk about electronic music Milan is not a city that typically gets a mention. And when we talk about DJs it’s not often that we’re talking about a duo, however, throughout the 90’s, 00’s and now 10’s Milan’s scene has gotten bigger and bigger, and there’s a duo in town definitely worth talking about – MODULOVE. Formed of Camilla Gligorov and Matteo Costa, these two young talents demonstrate a deep connection to one another with music that’s somewhat rare. The two, together with DarioLem, founded SUBCULTURE in 2012. And a year ago they joined forces with Frames to create SORGENTE SONORA. It’s only been a year and they’ve already had plenty of top-notch artists walk through the doors, and after a summer in the open air they have just started the upcoming season at Dude Club, Milan. 

MODULOVE kicked it off last Sunday the 18th of September at Dude alongside Zip, Binh, Fumiya Tanaka and Thomas Melchior (live).


Gwenan x Undersound = Full Power

September 15, 2016 • By

Re-live a minute of Gwenan Spearing‘s banging set at Undersound #25 – Freerotation Takeover with Steevio, Suzybee & Undersound Residents:

Gwenan played at peak time, just after Steevio and Suzybee‘s Undersound debut – a two hour modular performance against a backdrop of crafted visuals, a pretty daring task but it worked out perfectly. She was welcomed by a full house with positive vibrations and upped the tempo – plenty of cheering and dance moves on the Pickle floor.

Gwenan’s Undersound set comes after another quality performance at Freerotation (the “highlight” some would say).  It’s now been recorded as a podcast by Slovenian collective Just Us.

After a busy Summer, she’s been laying low for a while but come October she’ll be in Manchester for Dog Eat Dog, and for New Years she features on the line-up for Libertine meets Melliflow.

While Gwenan will be out with the dogs on the 7th of October, on the same night Undersound hosts its next edition at the newly renovated The Bridge, with DJF aka Ideograma, Quest and Sohrab. The party and label remains at the forefront of this electronic music scene, and after the last great night with its innovative line-up, we’re not going to miss the next one.



*Image Credit: Tommy Fearn

*Edited by Kaajal Shah


It’s not over…just yet!

September 7, 2016 • By
The doors at fabric opened earlier this evening… 


There is still hope that those infamous doors will open once again to the public. fabric will be appealing the decision made by Islington Council to revoke the club’s licence. According to mixmag, the Nightlife Industries Association stated that the ‘Fund For Fabric’ campaign plans to raise up to £500,000 to support the club’s legal fees.

Keep up-to-date with all developments (including what we can do to help) via the campaign site.

Not forgetting that we can continue to lobby local MP Emily Thornberry, councillors – James Court, Raphael Andrews and Alice Donovan and Mayor Sadiq Khan.

We leave you with a quote from Lawrence Batchelor’s “The Making of a  Modern Superclub“:

‘It’s a group of people enjoying themselves, having some fun and in amongst it all we’re promoting music we believe in…We set out to do what we wanted to do’


[Image: Chris Williams]

[Video: Isis Salvaterra]

The council says NO to fabric’s licence

September 7, 2016 • By

The closure of a single establishment will most definitely not combat drug culture, moreover the allocation of blame simply masks the failure of licensing law, policing and drug legislation.

See below the premises upon which fabric‘s licence was revoked in the early hours of this morning:

Flora Williamson of the Licensing Sub-Committee stated:

“The following facts were found to have occurred, two patrons have died at the venue this year, after purchasing drugs inside the nightclub.

People entering the club venue inadequately searched, and it was abundantly obvious patrons were under the influence of drugs.

Deaths at the clubs have involved people that are young, with numerous breaches of the licensing agreement, as a culture of drugs exists at the club which management cannot control.

The Licensing Sub-Committee has considered adding more conditions, but it does not feel these would be adequate in tackling the issue.

We therefore decided that a revocation of the licence is appropriate in that regard.”

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Operation fabric: Operation Lenor

August 30, 2016 • By

Operation fabric dubbed “Operation Lenor”: Police went undercover into fabric, two witness statements recollecting nights out – two accounts that ring untrue for the countless numbers who have passed through its doors. For starters, anyone entering the venue is subject to checks more stringent than those faced in the majority of venues worldwide. An impressive twist on the reality some would say!

Witness statements: