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Just Jack's 11th birthday- A night of mischief and idiosyncrasy

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Just Jack celebrated their 11th birthday in typically garish style this weekend. With bright lights, painted lanterns and an overwhelming sense of achievement. This vibrant get-together was a celebration of idiosyncrasy. Fuelled by funk-house anthems, the audience of eccentric guests grooved until the early hours of the morning.

 

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Motion’s main room was bathed in multi-coloured lights while a large figure took up the stage, with two hands at either end, a giant head in the centre, and large spiralling eyes gazing into the distance. Meanwhile, the other room was filled with large multi-coloured lampshades that had been hand painted and draped with ivy. A large disco ball hung from the middle of the room, a nod towards the old-school rhythms that were being played.

 

It was a night of fun, mischief and general debauchery. Robert Hood took to the decks and plunged everyone into a world of pure drunk-funk heaven in the main room. The room became electrified as he played the classic ‘Tell You No Lie’, setting them ablaze with a flurry of lights.

 

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In the Tunnel, Soichi Terada made the intimate setting his playground. The soulful grooves showcased his infamous humour and fun character as he reached over the decks to hi-five the eager partiers below him.

 

Underground master DJ Bone brought his masterful techniques with him, showcasing his skills in scratching, blending and back spinning he sent the audience into a whirlwind of innovative fusions of hip-hop, Detroit techno and old-school house.

 

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Midland’s set in the second room was equally as illuminating. Then there was the ever-eclectic Optimo. It’s also worth recognizing Jayda G, she switched it up and brought some great tunes with her. Just Jack organisers and staples Tom Rio and Dan Wild were also guaranteed and made sure they delivered.

 

All in all, it was a night celebrating debauchery with Just Jack’s signature tongue-in-cheek-attitude. Perhaps not as extravagant as their usual get-togethers, but it felt like a family affair. A celebration of living and being free with a soulful soundtrack to help blast them into the next 11 years. 

 

Words by Georgia Evans

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Printworks launch extravaganza: Inside London’s most industrial new venue.

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 Picture this: An industrial outlet park in Canada Water. It’s about midday on a Saturday. Nestled in between the carparks, the cinemas and food outlets is a hanger-sized warehouse. London’s business district can be seen in the background. A steady flow of people is trickling out of the underground following the signs to London’s biggest and best new venue, Printworks. Over the next ten hours, these eagerly anticipating partygoers will experience a launch party in a space like no other.

 

It was a marathon event of pure, unadulterated house and techno. Seven hours of Seth Troxler, The Martinez Brothers and Loco Dice playing back to back, with William Djoko in the main room. In Room 2, Krankbrother, Geddes and G.Walker brought their own underground vibe. The space itself is 16 acres of unapologetically industrial warehouse.

 

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After passing through the vigorous security checks, the main entry is the size of an air-hanger with a large smoking area outside and food trucks serving festival-style gastro-cuisine and a bar. Inside, there’s a stall for drinks tokens and a through the back there’s a bar, a carefully guarded space for lockers and toilets.

 

After climbing the steel staircase, there’s the Press Halls which is the main room and the much smaller Charge Bay. Entering the main room, it’s grandeur is instantly striking. By standing at the back of the narrow and mind-blowingly long room with an incredibly high roof, the booth itself is raised and perfectly framed by the industrial metalwork which surrounds it.

 

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A mesmerising laser show projects from one end of the room to the other, and the audience is showered in a kaleidoscope of cascading lights. This immersive and visceral experience perfectly complements the music that’s playing. Flashing up and down in strips of colour and crossing over the audience. It’s a hypnotic display where you can lose yourself to the experience and shut out the world around you. Everyone’s in that moment. Caught in a snapshot of time. It’s not a normal Saturday afternoon.  

 

Toward the front, the audience is crammed within the barriers and you can feel the sound system pulsate through your body. By moving further back, there’s room to spin around and dance while the Charge Room lives up to its name, providing a change of scenery in the with its Void sound system and wooden floors. It’ a good alternative to the bustling crowds with a much more intimate vibe with the right performers.

 

 

This industrial location feels like a space-age illegal rave, minus the hedonism and the messheads. With its stripped back, unapologetic metalwork, dynamic soundscapes and captivating visual performances, it engulfs the audience and throws them into a different dimension. Hands- down, one of the most exciting new ventures into London’s ever-diversifying night life.

 

 

Words by Georgia Evans

Photos courtesy of Danny North (The Rest is Noise)

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Review: Naural 006 Cosmjn - Organik EP

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Romanian label Naural is the definition of quality over quantity. With just one (meaningful) release per year, they are in a restless search for sounds that affect us differently than all that we have heard so far. After SIT, Barac, Vincentiulian, Crihan & Zefzeed, release number six is introducing talented ​Cosmjn and is scheduled to be in stores starting from 1st of February. As they got us accustomed with, their artwork always speaks for the EP and reveals Naural label multidisciplinary interest in art by all its means.
 

 

 

 

The ​Organik voyage starts with ​AsteriX​, where Cosmjn arrives with his addictive driving music. Expect this one to bring smiles on the dance floor, being decorated with a crisp sprawling sound in the spotlight, an emphasis on the high-end that seems very inspired. The track comes with a dramatic and intriguing overall sound, requesting the listener to get out of the comfort zone and stay fearless in this self-discovery mission.

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The 12-inches goes further with ​Twisted, a track that has the ability to get you in that state of mind with ease. With an atmospheric, feverish and cinematic ambiance, the nostalgic spoken-word sample offers a certain kind of layered anxiety. The bass notes are subliminal, the beat is fluid; there's a haunting repetitive creche and a mournful flute, both adding further depth. The percussion offers the perfect amount of rough and smooth to this sci-fi-style piece. You can’t miss the goosebumps Twisted induces; Cosmjn crafted a serious heads-down cut using a minimalist approach.

On the flipside it’s the track that wears the EP’s name - Organik, nothing less than a 15 minutes trip. The plucky bassline, glitchy chords and wordless androgyny reverberations organically develop into something immersive. In the third quarter, the gong synths and feminine presence change the trajectory of this journey, joined by the piano interludes and cosmic arpeggios.

We’re always left wanting more from Naural.

 

Listen to Naural 006 on deejay.de

 

Words by Bianca

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Preview: Unleash with tINI b2b Bill Patrick (Rolls ‘n’ Do) & more in London

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The streets of East London will not know what’s hit them. On the 11th March, underground champions Unleash will be hosting a night of unforgettable techno heaven at Studio Spaces, with tINI b2b Bill Patrick aka Rolls’n’Do with more amazing acts yet to be announced.

Hailed as one of Germany’s best female DJs, tINI has been working her way through the underground scene for over 10 years. Starting in clubs and events in Munich in 2003, she put her fascination with new romantics, new wave and grunge into her person style with `n underground hip-hop vibe. She’s credited Moodymann’s ‘Amerika as one of her greatest influencer. A regular for FUSE events, having played at festivals like Sunwaves, Into the Valley, Gottwood, Sonus, billed for Milan’s Dude Club and with countless events lined-up, she’s definitely a force to be reckoned with.  She is also a regular Ibiza face as part of her tINI and the Gang project. Promising incredible music in sun-soaked Ibiza parties, tINI is definitely a force to be reckoned with.

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Then there’s Bill Patrick. The internationally renowned artist boasts countless awards, and a legendary status. In 2008, he relocated to Berlin, triggering a new style and spreading his unique take on psychedelic, contemporary dance music. Having played at festivals like Outline,Sunwaves and clubs such as Fabric and Rex in Paris, he is a truly unstoppable performer and sure to bring his witty charm and mind-blowing tunes.

 

 

They'll be joined by  DeWalta & Mike Shannon. DeWalta's known for his classical training and modern spin on techno while Mike Shannon's fast mixiing skills have brought him respect from both his peers and a global following.  Asthe organisers say, "Jazz, techno, ambient: expect the unexpected, and be assured that you’ll want more.

Subb-an, the co-founder One Records with Adam Shelton will be bringing his on flavour. Aregular at the likes of Fabric, DC10, Panorama Bar, Stereo, Warung, D edge, Amnesia, he's known for his high-energy and sophisticated performances, and is definitely one to watch.

 

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Chicago-born, Detroit legend Delano Smith is going to be there too, along with Spanish underground master Julian Perez and Sunrise's Arapu will be bringing his own Romanian sound. Not forgetting, the brilliant residents Daylomar and Koko Bayern will be there too. 

In the other room, there's 20 Years of Bass culture, featuring D'Julz, Delano Smith, Daniel Bell and Sami Daik. 

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Words by Georgia Evans

 

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Preview: 200 Deep with Sedee and Fabe at Schumacher Club

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On Saturday 4th February200 Deep will be taking over the Schumacher Club. This unforgettable night will see Sedee, Fabe, Tigergun and DLT come together to play some heated, intimate, deepened techno and house.

The venue defines itself as, “A resurrected compass for open minded souls” located in Bochum, Germany; it promotes the idea of creativity without limits and is a landscape for imaginative musical freedom. Over the last year, it’s hosted the likes of Barac, Guy From Downstairs, Primãrie, Nekes, Samu.l and LIZZ.

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Headlining the evening is Sunwaves favourite, the Mannheim’s duo Sedee. This passionate techno due will bring their own signature flavour and feel-good vibes. There’s also Fuse’s Fabe. He’ll be bringing some underground London spirit, and showcasing some multi-dimensional, ambient and experimental beats. The two acts are famed for their ever-evolving styles and ambition. Expect some classic house, techno and heart-pounding grooves. 

 

 

 

In addition to this, 200 Deep and Schumacher residents Tigergun and DLT are billed to perform. Self-described rhythm and groove lover Tigergun has old-school influences and prides himself on building hypnotic atmospheres and precise mixing while bringing a spontaneous soulful vibe. DLT will also bringing their own sound, promoting their deep bond with good music.

 

This is a 21+ event with tickets at 10€, from 4th February at 12am- 5th Feb 12pm UTC+01. Make sure you grab a ticket when you can, and enjoy an event which celebrates freedom, creativity and ingenuity.   

 

Words by Georgia Evans

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