- Published on Wednesday, 12 December 2012 21:27
In today’s digital age, it is so refreshing and unfortunately quite rare, to see a new label with as much passion, commitment and love put into it as Superfiction. Combining vinyl and digital releases, with music videos, support from some of the biggest names on the planet and remixes to rival the best in the business. Superfiction has already made a massive splash since it’s launch earlier in the year and the eagerly anticipated second release is out on vinyl and released on the 10th Dec and digital on the 24th.
In case you’ve been hiding under a rock recently… Superficiton is the new record label and music collective established by Italoboyz’ Marco Donato and Federico Marton alongside Blind Minded. The Italoboyz have been releasing music for many years and it was their well-received 2007 release ‘Viktor Casanova’ on Mothership, that unexpectedly became an immediate global crossover hit (hammered out by pretty much every DJ on the globe). Since then Italoboyz have been exporting their
eclectic sounds via label greats such as Get Physical, Moon Harbour and Trapez but craving the total creative freedom and sense of musical continuity that only a self-grown label can bring, the duo have decided to take things to the next level with Superfiction.
The official music video for the second release; the amazing tongue in cheek ‘Digger Bick’ was also released the same day as the vinyl:
Early support for the label and this release has come from; Ricardo Villalobos, Matthias Tanzmann, Davide Squillace, Yousef, Nic Fanciulli, Luca Bacchetti, Arnaud Le Texier, Alex Niggemann, Andrew Grant, Danny Fiddo, Darius Syrossian, Carlo Lio, Timo Mass, Luciano and many more...
Reflecting an Italoboyz’ vision of where modern electronic music is, or could be, releases on the label are influenced by every possible music genre via their own view and perspective of Techno, House, Breaks, Electronica, Chill Out and as Marco says “Funk… lots of Funk… Disco-y. Very jacking, sometimes trippy”. Superfiction will represent their main source of musical output, as well as becoming a showcase for their coolest tracks, collaborations and new artists.
With this label there is a strong emphasis placed on longevity - Superfiction is not about trends. The label’s releases will be influenced by the tastes and personal acknowledgment of the Italoboyz and their musical backgrounds; their adventures in record collecting over 20-plus years and their uniquely individual style, whilst simultaneously leaving the door open to new artists and ideas. As Marco succinctly puts it "We don't have any preconceptions, we are open to many styles of music - as long as we believe it's quality." This honest openness combined with a strong sense of identity means their releases will certainly reflect what their approach to electronic music is.
Superfiction, far from being purely a means to releasing music without compromise or external limitations, is also a concept in its own right. As a platform, Superfiction is set to become a musical community for fellow DJs, musician friends and producers; facilitating collaborations and incubating new projects in an atmosphere of pure creativity, without the rigidity of pre-determined concepts and corporate agendas.
- Published on Thursday, 25 October 2012 12:39
After an extended summer break, East London's Undersound crew are to return in November with the fourth installment in their acclaimed party series. Undersound, which prides itself on adopting a slightly left-field position in the house and techno market, have garnered considerable support through their previous three events, which saw them bring Club de Visionaere's Binh and the enigma that is 19.4220.127.116.11.5.18 to the capital. For their next party, which has typically yet to find a confirmed abode, they've got yet more esteemed DJs ready to tackle the dedicated Undersound crowd.
Indeed, the 10th of November will see another resident of Club de Visionaere grace the decks, this time in the form of the incredibly talented Janina. With over ten years experience working the clubs of Berlin, Janina has established herself as one of the most thoughtful and knowledgeable residents on the scene. A pure vinyl enthusiast, you'll find that few DJs know how to tease and taunt a crowd as brilliantly as she does. Supporting her will be Isherwood, a sonic enthusiast from the North of England who specialises in very deep, lo-fi house music. Undersound residents d:Alog and Harry Mccanna complete the bill for what looks set to be another night of alternative, wholesome music.
Doors: Saturday 10th November 11pm-06am. Limited tickets are available on Resident Advisor but we strongly suggest sending names for guest list
For a little taste of what Undersound is all about, check out this mysterious teaser..
Janina (Club de Visionaere)
Isherwood (Lize records, Free Jazz Aesthetics)
HARRY McCANNA (Undersound)
- Published on Friday, 05 October 2012 10:42
It's been a whirlwind 12 months for Tief. Since their inaugural party with Lawrence, Tom Trago and Jozif at the back end of September last year, London has borne witness to a meteoric rise in their success. A steadfast relationship with Corsica Studios and a bold, intuitive booking policy has seen it host some of house and techno's most elusive talents, from French enigma Pepe Bradock to new kids on the block Juju & Jordash. Indeed, so popular has the franchise proven that there lay significant pressure on the Tief shoulders ahead of the 1st birthday announcement. However, with a line-up that boasted Detroit's Omar S, Bicep, Hunee and Daniel Wang, amongst a slew of others, any such anxieties were firmly and hastily quashed.
Sam Donnison, www.anomalousvisuals.co.uk
Entering just before 1, Corsica and Tief were just as I expected to find them: dark, and in full-swing. Gravitating immediately towards the main room, Jeremy Underground Paris and Brawther were more than capably bringing their unique flavour to the dance, testing out their blend of old skool house mixed with new-skool interpretations on the receptive floor. Some super-tight mixing and a couple of well-timed cuts from the quasi-mythical MLIU back-catalogue had the crowd enraptured, and perfectly poised for the arrival of Omar S. As expected, the Detroit luminary didn't disappoint, managing to maintain the Parisians' previous energy whilst still pushing things into deeper, techier territory. Tough, rolling basslines met with unashamedly funky strings, topped off with a clever, opportune dropping of nouveau classic Here's Your Trance Now Dance. Making a mental note to return in time for Bicep's much-anticipated closing set, I set about searching for the intricately covert confines of room 3, where both Daniel Wang and South-Korean sensation Hunee were busy setting their crowd alight with slices of contemporary disco and soulful, emotive house.
Sam Donnison, www.anomalousvisuals.co.uk
Sam Donnison, www.anomalousvisuals.co.uk
Back in room 1, from where it was proving difficult to prize oneself, prevalent Northern Irish duo Bicep were just finding their groove, steadily readying themselves for the indubitably long morning ahead. Indeed, eventually taking things right through till nearly 10am, the pairing revisited territory already trodden by Brawther and Jeremy Underground, maintaining sonic homogeneity by throwing down record after record of classic, 90s inspired US house, albeit with a touch more zeal. While feeling at times a little tried and tested, as the hours crept by so the big hitters emerged, at first in the form of George Fitzgerald's ubiquitous Child and then as a veritable medley of recent Bicep releases: $tripper followed Vision of Love which in turn transitioned smoothly into personal favourite Getcha Boi, all met with a volley of rapturous clamours from the depleted, but still vociferous dance-floor. Leaving Corsica with the birthday celebrations still very much in buoyant swing, Tief came across as a party truly at one with itself. With dates in the diary stretching well into 2013, and the likes of Levon Vincent, Move D and Tim Sweeney all set to feature, and given the rate and manner in which they're conducting themselves, I, and I'm sure many others, would be surprised if Tief didn't go on to make some very serious waves in wider, future electronic circles.
Words: Carlos Hawthorn
- Published on Tuesday, 02 October 2012 19:34
Finally, DJ Harvey returns. After a decade-long hiatus from UK clubs, the London-born sonic luminary has taken upon himself to alleviate the stress and the strain felt by British clubbers and play a special one-off show curated by the ubiquitous and impressive Red Bull Music Academy. Harvey's love for all sounds electronic has caused him to be one of the scene's best loved and most enigmatic figures, known as much for raw eclecticism of his dj sets as the quality of his productions.
After a lengthy period of considerable silence, Harvey has once more returned to the forefront of electronic culture, not only playing prestigious events at Berghain, Robert Johnson and Sonar but also contributing to RBMA's celebrated lecture series. On October 19th, he will return to London's East End and play the entirety of night, pressing start on the first record and stop on the last. Oval Space incidentally is rapidly becoming one of the capital's more popular venues, with a brand new sound and ventilation system helping to keep the party funky and fresh all night long. Tickets will sell out for this, so get them now.
Doors open at 22:00 on Friday 19th and close at 05:00 on Sunday. Tickets are on sale for £18 now.
DJ Harvey (All Night Long)
- Published on Monday, 01 October 2012 16:42
For those people trying to save some money and brain cells, London Warehouse Events have succeeded in throwing another spanner in the works… This time showcasing Crosstown Rebels sister label Rebellion in what promises to be another unmissable event. Rebellion Rave is taking over The Siding’s on Saturday 6th October; another amazing London Bridge based rave space which promises to be the perfect match for the darker and more underground sound of Rebellion.
Joining label boss and djextrordinaire Damian Lazarus is Tim Xavier, James What, Acid Pauli and Aidan Lavelle. As a sound engineer, Tim Xavier’s expertise has seen him master many of the finest and most timeless Techno pieces around, everything from Minus, to Mobilee, to Wagon Repair and Spectral Sound. Cutting edge audio is a guarentee alon with an unrelenting passion for cuting edge and vibrant techno and house. Alongside him, James What, Acid Pauli and Aidan Lavelle complete a killer lineup.