- Published on Friday, 06 December 2013 16:04
Inaugurated in spring 2012, East London's Oval Space has since become a permanent fixture on the capital's clubbing circuit. The venue's stripped-back aesthetic has remained a favourite with partygoers, offering a reliable, no-frills alternative to the slew of faceless warehouse events saturating the city. In a bid to expand the brand, 2013 saw the launch of Oval Space Music, a series of parties run by an in-house team of likeminded music heads. The likes of Cobblestone Jazz, Manuel Göttsching and Jamie Lidell all made appearances across the year, kickstarting an exciting new phase in the club's trajectory.
Only recently, Oval Space made public its plans for OSM 2014. Chapter One will run from January through March, with a host of international house and techno talent booked to perform across six dates. Opening on Saturday, February 1st, techno doyen Robert Hood will join Luke Slater and Jerome Sydenham while Innervisions chiefs Ame have been booked to play all-night-long on the 28th. March will see Dennis Ferrer line up alongside DJ Qu on the 1st, with live performances from Kollektiv Turmstrasse and Evian Christ set for the 6th and 21st respectively. Wrapping up the first quarter will be a Dial Records showcase, with Lawrence, John Roberts, Carsten Jost and Pantha Du Prince all dropping by the club. Lending a helping hand across the season will be two new OSM residents: Londoner Jozif and former Watergate staple Fritz Zander.
OVAL SPACE CHAPTER ONE
- Published on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 17:56
When you think about dance music, there is one brand that stands head and shoulders above the rest: Pioneer. Best known for their range of CD decks, or CDJs as they're more commonly known, the Japanese electronics giant first entered the industry in 1994 with the CDJ-500. Several new models emerged in the years after, but none ever did enough to win over the DJs. Vinyl and Technics turntables were still the dominant force. In 2001 however, that all changed. The CDJ-1000, with its efficient cue/play buttons and trademark jog-wheel, revolutionised clubbing as it had been previously known. Riding the wave of download culture, the 1000 was soon a fixture of every booth in the land, giving birth to a whole new realm of performance possibilities. As it became clear that lugging crates of vinyl around the globe was a thing of the past, and that there was more to mixing that just beatmatching, the product was quick to be endorsed by the world's top spinners. Today, Pioneer's latest model, the CDJ-2000, has not only overtaken Technics in the market, but eliminated even the need for CDs with its use of USB memory sticks.
To focus in on the CDJ however, is to neglect a wealth of innovative products from Pioneer. The DJM mixer series are considered the market leaders alongside Allen & Heath's Xone range, while its monitor speakers, headphones and all-in-one mixing consoles are easily among the best in the business. Pioneer only deals in top of the range.
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Concrete, Paris with Laurent Garnier, Ryan Elliot, Spencer Parker, Recondite-Live / 24.11.13 - Win Tickets
- Published on Tuesday, 05 November 2013 14:30
As Paris' underground electronic scene continues to flourish, Concrete remains at the forefront of the drive. Following the success of Weather Festival back at the start of summer, the popular Sunday all-dayer remains dedicated to showcasing the kinds of lineups that both surprise and satisfy in equal measure. Since reopening for the winter season in early September, the boat has played host to the likes of Nina Kraviz, Rhadoo and Rush House recordings.
On November 24th, another action-packed bill hits the capital. Work Them Records boss Spencer Parker and Berghain/Panorama Bar regular Ryan Elliott will both spin, alongside a live performance from nascent talent Recondite. On support you have two of Paris' most revered resident DJs, with Rex Club's Molly and in-house pair Behzad & Amarou both on hand. Just in case you thought this party could not sound better, none other than Laurent Garnier has been selected to steer the ship safely into Monday morning. There still remains no better way to spend your day of rest in the French capital.
Full lineup /
Recondite – Live
Behzad & Amarou
On the 24th November, you and your friend will be dancing in:
a) a ship
b) a bus
c) a cave
Doors open at 6 AM on Sunday 24th November and close at 1.45 AM the following morning. Tickets are available online now from £15.
- Published on Friday, 25 October 2013 02:23
Zombie Soundsystem have teamed up with none other than the European powerhouse Cadenza for their annual celebration of all things evil this Halloween, commandeering East London’s esteemed Netil House for what we’re confident will be a terrifyingly good example of house and techno done proper. ‘Music to die for’, as they say.
Mirko Loco is one of the key players in Luciano’s Cadenza family, with a large part of his work featuring in the label’s back catalogue and frequent appearances at label nights. It’s the playful element to his rich, melodic cuts that make him such a firm favourite, and an obvious choice for the Zombie crew to welcome down. Guido Schneider will also be returning to the Soundsystem – a failsafe choice given the way he’s torn it up there so many times before.
Swiss born Marlowe will be performing a live set, giving us a taste of his sound, which leans slightly towards the more experimental of Cadenza’s output. In both his work as one half of Digitaline and in his solo productions, Marlowe’s far-reaching influences combined with his evident dexterity in the studio has seen him develop into a DJ not to be missed. Completeing Cadenza’s army for the 1st will be Chica Paula, a DJ’s DJ who has graced the decks at Ostbahnhof, Weekend and Tresor to name a few – which speaks in volumes of her ability. Residents Shane Watcha and Clint Lee will provide the floor gets warmed up nicely, and as anyone who has been to a Zombie Soundsystem night before will know, they know what they’re doing.
- Published on Tuesday, 22 October 2013 10:24
It’s Halloween, and Tresor Berlin are getting in the spirit of things, returning to London for the second time and bringing with them a heavyweight line up as deep and dark as they come. Tresor has long been a worldwide lynchpin for techno music, changing the face of the Berlin scene since its original opening in 1991, and boasting a record label that has seen releases from some of the greatest innovators of our time.
DJ Hell tops the bill for the party, which falls on the 2nd November. This summer has seen the German techno icon release a compilation that shows the DJ really going back to his roots. Championing pure, unadulterated house and techno caked with industrial grit; the long standing Tresor resident is the perfect choice to headline this deadly night of debauchery and will have no problem shaking the room to its core. Joining him will be Sleeparchive. Another producer that needs no introduction, his appearance will coincide with the release of the second instalment in his single series ‘A Man Dies On The Street’. His experiments in gritty minimalism constantly push the boundaries of techno, perfectly encapsulating the very essence of what Tresor is about.
Also making an appearance is Munich’s Dario Zenker; co-founder of Ilian Tape alongside his brother, and a man whose passion for life, love and dancing shines through in his riveting sets across the globe. His simple but powerful productions carry a groove that can sweep a dance floor off its feet so unexpectedly that you won’t know what’s hit you… but by then you’ll be under. Completing the line up is French producer and relative newcomer to the Tresor family Marcellus, whose success stems from his distinctive take on techno, experimenting in the relationship between rhythm, texture and force to great effect wherever he plays.