Review: Howl Ensemble - Rave To The Slythm Ep

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Marking their second release on Hungarian imprint Nilla, Italian duo Giovanni Verrina and Germano Ventura (Howl Ensemble) return with Rave To the Slythm EP. Since their first release on the label in 2012 with Alma Mater EP, Howl Ensemble have been busy at work with solid releases on notable labels such as  All Inn, Nervmusic, The Untold Story, Infuse, 0300f, Kina Music and own label HOWL. Now in 2016 Howl Ensemble return to Nilla marking the 10th offering from the label who have released music from respected artists such as Nastia, Roustam and Roger Gerressen. The sub label of All Inn Records, Nilla has continued to push both new talent and well-known names by creating an outlet which aims to serve the cravings of everyone from the DJ to the record collector to the audience. Howl Ensemble stays true to this in the form of a release which is upbeat and raw with an added touch of class.


Rave To The Slythm carries Howl Ensembles signature stamp with tracks such as Rave which deliver base driven beats paired with underlying vocal samples. Slythm and Rhythm continue this trend with added ambient melody paired with unique house groove. Slave completes the EP with warped vocals which oose over a stripped back base line. As a whole the release communicates Howl Ensembles ability to stay true to the respected sound they have developed over the years, which will without a doubt will make you want to get up and dance. Or should I say rave? 


Howl Ensemble - Rave To The Slythm will be released on 12th December. Available for pre-sale HERE

Words Mahala Ashley 

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Review: Algorhythmic - Various Artists ALG002

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Having created Algorhythmic last year Romanian duo Dubsons present the second offering on the Romanian imprint in the form of Various Artists ALG002. Over the past year Algorhythmic has been received greatly within the underground music scene with its debut EP The Soul and the Spirit gaining recognition from some of the finest tastemakers in the industry. When you have support from the likes of Barac, Raresh and Petre Inspirescu you know you’re definitely delivering music that’s a cut above the rest.

Various Artists ALG002 encompasses sounds from a collection of artists all hailing from various parts of the world. First up on the A side American native Rojid serves up Kaze combining eerie vocals and extra-terrestrial samples that intertwine with the rolling beat patterns. Signed to the Algorhythmic label Idana completes the A side with Kage, light percussion is sprinkled throughout the track which delivers beautifully placed melody. Both tracks work extremely well alongside one another giving credit to the labels ability to deliver quality sounds. Flip to the B side label founders Dubsons present Vento base driven and carrying the Romanian duos distinctive sound. Finished off perfectly by fellow Romanian Rqz with M Games, upbeat and rolling the B-side takes the release to the dance floor of an underground club setting.


The arrangement of the EP works beautifully taking the listener on a real journey, delivering out of this world soundscapes paired with unique bass groove. No doubt you can expect to hear ALG002 being spun on the dance floor very soon; something tells me Algorthymic is becoming a firm favourite among our Romanian friends. 

Words Mahala Ashley

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EP Review: BERGAMON04 - Diego Krause & Idealist - Altitude EP (inc. Cab Drivers & Sven Weisemann remixes)


Thats right, you heard it here first. Berg Audio are back with their fourth instalment and this time round they have called on Berlin born Diego Krause and Swiss artist Idealist to take care of business. Both bringing that dubbed out techno sound that we are so familiar with from the label. After a huge string of releases from Berg  including the likes of iO (Mulen) and Janeret,  it had to be an extra special release to follow on from these. To go that extra mile two intricate remixes have been thrown in to the equation, carefully chosen for this job are the legendary Cab Drivers and native German Sven Weisemann.




Known for his driven basslines heavily influenced by funk, Diego Krause leads the way with 'Liberation'. A natural dance floor feel, and a smooth variation of looping maneuvers taking you on a trip. Another peak time bomb comes in the form of the 'Liberation' remix from the long term dynamic duo Cab Drivers. Definitely feel this one in your hips, the Cab boys bringing their signature wobbling grooves through out.

On the flip of this vinyl only release Swiss artist Idealist curates a more meaningful darker track, steady kicks carry the rhythm through the euphoric pads. Intelligent and for ever fresh, Sven Weisemann has weaved together dreamy percussions for the real story teller of the EP. Ready to grasp the entire room, and float its audience away from reality. 'Sven's perpetual Night Mix' is a fitting track to round off yet another solid release from Berg Audio.

It's with great pleasure we present to you this fantastic piece of art, as it comes hot off the press from a forward thinking outlet. Specialising in dub techno is somewhat of a rariety now a days, but as like minded artists are brought together we see something amazing shaping up here. 



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Knee Deep in Elrow: A Psychedelic Adventure Into Utopian Techno.

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Over the weekend at Bristol’s infamous Motion nightclub, two forces collided to create an outlandish trip into the world of house music, making it one of the biggest nights of the In:Motion series. Hot Since 82’s Knee Deep in Sound joined forces with Catalonian psychedelic party pioneers Elrow to create an exceptional, one-off ‘Rowshow’ that all 3,800 attendees could revel in.

Let’s start with the lineup. Hot Since 82, Matador, Butch, Cristoph, De La Swing and George Privatti were announced by organisers, which is probably what triggered the event to sell-out in just 15 minutes. In addition to this, those lucky enough to get their hands on a ticket were treated to some very special guests (as promised).  

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Elrow took over the Warehouse and got Bristol-based DJ and producer Lukas to kick off the 12-hour rave. The room was adorned with UV paint, trippy peace signs, psychedelic flowers and wall hangings. The crowd itself was a kaleidoscopic fantasy of glitter-adorned attendees, Bristol’s most eccentric characters wrapped in fairy lights, dancing on stilts dressed as fantastical characters while throwing around inflatable objects and dancing in confetti. George Privatti was the next to hit the decks for Elrow. His two-hour set was a non-stop trip into groovy house, making the crowd go wild. Next up, the Menendez Brothers, the London duo who brought some funk and soul to the party. Then wrapping it all up was the incredible Robert James back-to-back with Elrow resident De La Swing, immersing the audience into a mind-bending haze of intergalactic house.

The Main Room was home to Knee Deep In Sound, a passion project of Yorkshire’s own Hot Since 82. With the ethos of creating forward-thinking house for the next generation- the crowd was treated to some seriously good music. Mason Slone kicked the night off, followed by a personal favourite, the incredible Cristoph. Then, Matador took to the stage for a very special live set invigorated the crowd. It didn’t stop there though, a matrix of sound and strobes emblazoned the old warehouse as the experimental force that is Butch came on. The grand finale came from Hot Since 82, as the throng of people came together with their eyes closed, heads up, and minds open, ready to immerse themselves into some wondrous techno.

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Not forgetting Amour Ami, Zenzero, Maze & Masters and residents of Bitch, Please! who were in the Tunnel. Then in the Cave, Bedmo Disco and Bakkos added some extra flavour to the evening.

All in all, the event was a psychedelic fantasy of debauchery, free-love, zany characters and a kaleidoscope of spectacular sounds. Brainchild of the Arnau family, Elrow delivered an experience unlike any other. Immersing the audience into the new world, while collaborating with the legendary Knee Deep In Sound, they created an adventure for party-goers which proved their devotion to the whimsical. 



Words: Georgia Evans


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Music Goes Further: Into the Valley and Into the Factory Announce 2017 Line-Up

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Over the last two years, Swedish festival Into the Valley has gained a global following. This is due to its meticulous curatorship, stunning scenery and astonishing line-up of the world’s most up-and-coming artists. The spirit of the festival has stayed the same; have a unique experience in an unexpected location, however, this year the festival has moved from Dalhalla to a surprisingly enchanting quarry in Rummu, Estonia. Now, organisers have announced the full line-up for one of Europe's most exciting festivals. 

In addition to this, organisers have also announced the first acts for its new sister festival Into the Factory in Stockholm, after announcing 2018’s Into the Castle festival in Cape Town. This passion- project by Music Goes Further is all part of a much larger plan to revolutionise music festivals across the globe, and by 2019 they hope to have six new festivals up and running.

Let’s start with Into the Valley, after reaching phenomenal success over the last two years and gaining a reputation as one of the world’s best new festivals, they have decided to switch it up and change location. A 45-minute drive away from Tallinn, Estonia lies the mystical Rummu Quarry, the new home to this spectacle which boasts a stunning landscape of crystal-like waters and lush green scenery.


However, it’s not just the beautiful environment which makes the festival so electrifying. The list of artists perfroming is mind-blowing but most notably, Ricardo Villalobos will be headlining the main stage for a third time. In addition to this, the hauntingly brilliant Helena Hauff will be there with Romanian favourtite Rhadoo.  Praslesh (the musical love-child of Raresh and Praslea), Cassy, Renaat of R&S records, Anna Hanna, and the one-woman force that is The Black Madonna are all tipped to fit the bill. They’ll be joined by one of dance’s most influential artists, Marcel Dettman, Estonia’s own KASK and Midland, who’s track Final Credits was one of this Summer’s greatest hits. These artists will all be performing from the 29th June-1st July 2017, showcasing the festival’s ability to provide an unforgettable experience with some of the globe’s best established and new artists.

The full line-up looks like this:

Andrey Zots, Anna Hanna, Answer Code Request, Anthea, Bella Sarris, Cassy, Cobblestone Jazz (live), Dixon, Ellen Vene, Helena Hauff, Hunee, Janina, Jeff Mills, KASK, Kerri Chandler, Kim Ann Foxman, Kink featuring Rachel Row (live), Marcel Dettmann, Midland, Nastia, Olga Korol, Praslesh, Rebolledo, Recondite (live), Regis, Renaat R & S, Rhadoo, Ricardo Villalobos, Sassy J', Stockholm Murder Girls, The Black Madonna.

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Not forgetting Into the Factory, a new festival set up by Music Goes Further in Nynäshamn, Sweden. Visitors will get to explore Stora Vika, an industrial park that will be emblazoned by cutting-edge electronic dance music, culture and an all-inclusive atmosphere. The artists confirmed for the event, which runs from the 10th- 12TH August 2017, are: Cari Lekebusch, Dasha Rush, DVS1, Headless Horseman (live), Ion Ludwig (live), Joel Mull, Mathew Jonson (live), Nastia and Shanti Celeste, who are all some of the globe’s hottest new talents. There's also the chart-topping Daniel Avery, Mr Fingers himself- living legend Larry Heard, the amazing Adam Beyer and the ever-enigmatic Bicep. 

The full line-up is:

Adam Beyer, Andrew Weatherall, Barac, Bicep (live), Cari Lekebusch & Joel Mull (B2B), Daniel Avery, Dasha Rush, Dax J, DVS1, Fabio & Stef, Headless Horseman (live), Ion Ludwig (live), Johanna Schneider, Juan Atkins, Julia Govor, Karenn (live), La Fleur, Magda, Mathew Jonson (live), Moodymann, Mr Fingers aka Larry Heard (live), Nastia, Rodhåd, Sebastian Mullaert (live), Shanti Celeste, SHXCXCHCXSH (live), Skatebård, Sonja Moonear, Studio Barnhus, Tijana T, Veronica Vasicka.

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The organization, Music Goes Further, runs on seven key principles which are all equally balanced to create the best adventure possible for all attendees to their events. These principals are: unique locations, advanced electronic music, pioneering technology, innovative art, food and bar architecture, holistic awareness and social equality. The project intends to continue to grow and host six major festivals by 2019. After the announcement of Into the Castle in 2018, and hopes to hold events in Southern Europe, Asia and South America, it seems that this is one of music’s most ambitious and exciting ventures of the moment.

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Early-bird tickets for both festivals have already sold out, however first release for Into the Valley are on sale here, and so are ones for Into the Factory, along with a variety of camping and accommodation options and special under 23’s tickets. With more incredible acts still to be announced, they are guaranteed to go quickly. So, act fast to ensure that you can also experience one of the most innovative explorations into modern music, food, technology, art and culture. 

Words by Georgia Balch

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