Cosmic Convextion

August 26, 2016 • By

Convextion (AKA E.R.P.) does cosmic with another space themed piece following from his Ancient Light EP on SolarOneMusic’s Hubble telescope Series earlier this year. This time it is a LP on Mojuba Records‘ sub-label a.r.t.less. The album titled 2845 is out today and can be bought on sites such as bandcamp and Hard Wax.

The brilliantly illustrated album sleeve is by David A. Hardy: The “space artist who saw Pluto before Nasa” (Nadja Sayej, The Guardian).

2845 brings us back memories of Convextion’s self-titled masterpiece on Down Low Music, and of course, of his set at Loud-Contact during Sonar Off Week!



Cabaret Recordings: A Hypnotic Lock

August 26, 2016 • By

“We like this hypnotic lock,” DJ Masda writes. “In Japanese we call it hame. If someone asks me what’s the mutual thing connecting our music, it’s this.”

WOW! A Resident Advisor interview with DJ Masda and So Inagawa, the founders behind the celebrated and super hot label Cabaret Recordings. This is certainly a pretty rare occasion as obvious in the few sentences the Cabaret duo liked to share. The author and interviewer Matt Unicomb also manages to string in a few words from two important contributors; Evan Baggs and Tony aka TC 80 who have both released music twice on the label in the past year: Evan shared Not A Story EP in 2015 and most recently Tidelly Locked EP with Katsuya Sano as Ekbox last May, while TC80 produced Phrase EP last year and an album, Vestiges of Fools only last month, the latter which is out now (buy it on Juno here).

The interview comes as a celebration of the label, which has been picked by RA as the label of the month.

Read the feature here.


And check out the upcoming Cabaret 011 release Box 1 by a mysterious Onigiri.


Raving Iran

August 25, 2016 • By

“In June, two musicians and one filmmaker started a three-year jail sentence in Iran for distributing underground music that hadn’t been licensed by Iran’s Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance. They were found guilty of “insulting Islamic sanctities” and “spreading propaganda against the system”. – Electronic Beats

Berlin-based DJ Namito speaks to Anoosh and Arash, two artists at the centre of the upcoming documentary “Raving Iran” that’s due to premier at Berlin’s Volksbühne on September 26.
Full interview here:

Watch the trailer here.


Carnival : Big Sound Systems

August 25, 2016 • By

The Carnival starts tomorrow with parties all over Brixton and South London, continuing on to Sunday & Monday to where it all started: Notting Hill. Expect big sound systems from amateur (or not) builders to established artists, parties and stages such as Channel One Sound System, who came under threat in 2014 for “excessive volume” and other tings, and almost did not get granted a license for their annual Carnival party. But it seems they are here to stay, which is obviously great news. 


Mikey Dread (One half of Channel One)


Good Times – Notting Hill Carnival 2002


“drinks” and homemade sound systems

lick dem wit dat base

Actually, Carnival starts early in Peckham with AM Trips‘ gig at the iconic record store Rye Wax. They have invited Junki Inoue (who we love!).


AM Trips: …excursions with minds & second-hand finds

Photo by Chris

Rye Wax, Peckham  [Photo by Chris Wilson]

East London party Ǝntity will be bringing their own set of sounds to the Carnival and keeping it real in Ladbroke Grove (which we love) on Sunday & Monday. There will be a live video stream via Speaking of Hoxton FM, don’t forget to tune into Isherwood on the Open Show on Friday from 9pm





Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick

August 22, 2016 • By

Last chance to see the Daydreaming With Stanley Kubrick exhibition at Somerset House, which features works by artists and musicians (including contributions by Carl Craig and Daft Punk‘s Thomas Bangalte) that have been inspired by the iconic director. This includes focus on films such as 2001: A Space OdysseyA Clockwork Orange, The Shining and Lolita. The exhibition is curated by Mo’Wax and UNKLE founder.

The exhibition ran from the 6th of July, and is now on its final week. Whilst one review mentioned that it is a must-see for Kubrick fans, another reviewer called it “pretentious”, but it’s no question that the director has influenced many- including Pink Floyd! Judge for yourself, but hurry, the doors close this Wednesday the 24th of August! Tickets here.

Photo take by Clár Ní HÚilín

Photo taken by Clár Ní HÚilín at Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick


Ricardo Villalobos : Forever Young

August 12, 2016 • By

“I don’t want to be the biggest, I don’t want to be the best, it’s bullshit. Let’s just do things”

“Staying out of the competition is for me the most important sentence in my life”
“The reality, and music shows it, is that we all belong together and that we all come from the same culture”
“Depeche Mode : The Beatles of the 90s”
“Carl Craig at 20 years old [playing in Ricardo’s basement of his family house]… He was playing one of the best sets I have ever heard”
“Going to the party is like going to the kindergarten”
“Music is like a language. A hearable and nice form of language”
“I’m trying to be as innocent as possible to be creative”
“I have the impression that you can find a more individual sound… that’s nice about a modular”
“At the club, there is no place to put the records anymore, because no one is playing with records anymore, which is very sad”
“Not that you get better, you get less nervous. When you are doing some things more often you get less nervous. That means you are under less pressure…When people are under pressure they do not work properly”
“I give all responsibility to my wife. Thank god I found someone who is completely different from me…she gives me this shelter where I am free”

“I really love the party, I really love to produce dance tracks… and I will go on doing that”

(A snapshot into the art of Ricardo, taken from the RA Exchange series in 2012)

This time last week (5th of August) it was the birthday of an icon…And what better way to celebrate than at a party that dates back to pivotal moments for DJs alike. Ricardo joined Zip, Sammy, Baby Ford and Akufen for a near to 24 hour session in Berlin’s Panorama Bar…garden, sun and rain included! That infamous moment back in 2003 at Club der Visionaire comes to mind… years pass by but the music and its grooves continue. Happy birthday Ricardo!

We are already gearing up to the next Get Perlonized (2nd of September) at Panorama Bar with Mara TraxSammy DeeSoulphiction and Zip, while in Berghain on the same night we’re in for a treat with Polymorphism x Diagonal with: EVOL (live), N.M.O. (live), NOT WAVING (live), Powell (live), Conor Thomas, DJ Stingray, Helena Hauff, Level Jezzle, and Russell Haswell.



Cover Image credit: Ogarev


Rounds of Z@p Beats

August 9, 2016 • By


Uruguayan based Z@p, who is a resident and collaborator at Montevideo’s worldly-known Phonotheque club, and who has shared podcasts on Sleepers Berlin and My Own Jupiter respectively, sets off on a world tour, starting off in Europe to play at some of the best clubs in our scene, including Ibiza Underground tonight for a Phonotheque showcase, Closer in Kiev for Reset with Pjay and Bruno Schmidt this Friday, and Hoppetosse/Club Der Visionaire for a 30-hour Melliflow Summer Trip this Saturday and Sunday with some talented and leading artists in our scene, and back again at CDV at the end of the month for Phonotheque meets Noon. Other exciting news is that he will release music on Melliflow Records in the near future… So keep an eye out!

In the mean time, check out his selection of what would be called an ambient trip, shared on a relatively new French based platform Piñata:

Z@p then takes off on his other-wordly tour in September to Seoul’s iconic club MYSTIK and Tokyo’s Circus. No time for sleep!


*Image credits: Z@p