Ada is overlapping all kinds of styles and rocking the house with heart and mind. Consistently danceable she delights with melancholic profundity and weird art of sawing. Greatest simplicity paired with soft sentimentality.
Her music crosses oceans with loud volumes and tender paws.
New York Times, on Blondie, Ada's first album:This graceful German singer [...] loves to push her house-inspired music in two directions at once, and the resulting tracks sound both ultradiluted (lots of blurred, misty computer sounds drifting in and out of the mix) and ultraconcentrated (with beats and basslines so precise that they're almost violent).
Resident Advisor, on Meine zarten Pfoten, Ada's latest album:The album is [...] a more concise and esoteric piece of pop-craft. In fact, even given her previous allegiance with song-oriented techno, at first it's almost astonishing to hear how compact everything here sounds. Recording all the instruments herself, the album's filled with warm kaleidoscopic songs more concerned with emotional tethering than beat journeys.
Ada's basic formula is a richly rewarding one; producers who can balance the intellectual and emotional thrills of synthetic music are rare.
Boman made a breakthrough with his EP Holy Love on Pampa Records in 2010 where the song "Purple Drank" became a hit in the house music scene, since then he has been touring extensively and made remixes for artists like Justus Köhnke, DJ Hell, Agaric, Dave Aju and Harald Björk. He is one third of the Swedish label and DJ-crew Studio Barnhus where he has put out numerous releases. 2013 will see his EP Black Magic Boman come out on Hypercolour and his debut album on his own Studio Barnhus label. His experimental side gets exposure in the form of The Radioactive Orchestra, an artistic and musical project together with media artist Kristofer Hagbard, about creating music using radioactive isotopes. Bomans music has been described as "raw, playful and drenched in oceans of soul" and his dj-sets are as energetic as eclectic. He is also very friendly in a Scandinavian way (sexy).
DJs, producers, selectors — all these terms pertain to Round Table Knights, the eclectic, highly skilled duo of Biru Bee and Marc Hofweber. Hailing from Switzerland, these warriors against the mundane have fought hard in the realm of house music to keep things fresh and support the new in their productions and DJ sets, as well as at their venue, Club Bonsoir. They present the tried and true anew while searching for the untested.
Beginning with a taste in hip-hop, jazz, and electro, Biru and Marc have since paid their dues in the record bins and diversified their mixing palette even further. A deep knowledge spread across years and genres has brought them across the globe to respected venues and festivals such as Panorama Bar, Sónar, Igloofest, and Creamfields. These crowd-whisperers mix for the body and the mind, deftly juxtaposing the cutting-edge and the classic, always locked in the groove.
Meanwhile, their production style has been more or less refined to the realm of house, with a clear inflection of all those other styles they so love. Their tracks bump with an unpretentious experimentalism, devoid of obvious weirdness and bursting with musicality. Say What?!, their debut album released on Made To Play Records, set a high standard that they've been chipping away at with a number of killer singles and EPs dropped on an international range of discerning labels.
Even with such a broad base of experience, Round Table Knights remain wholly un-jaded and still have a long road to travel. Equipped with sharp ears, rich knowledge, and a distinctive catalogue of work, it's clear that they'll always move forward and never lose the crowd along the way.
Studio Barnhus (Axel Boman, Petter, Kornel Kovacs)
Studio Barnhus is many things – a dj trio, a record label, a studio on Barnhusgatan (”Orphanage Street”) in Stockholm, a big blob of vivid colour splashed right onto the grayscales of modern dance music. Basically, it's what happens when Axel Boman, Petter Nordkvist and Kornél Kovács get together and do some stuff.
Axel is the hotshot producer who broke through with the screw house smash Purple Drank in 2010, and has continued to pump out his own brand of twisted, fresh house music from the basement on Orphanage Street.
Petter is the former Border Community whiz kid whose epic techno-not-techno anthem Some Polyphony set the world aflame in 2006 – he now focuses on organic-euphoric edits as Pedrodollar and abstract house masterpieces as Salax Peep Show (together with Axel).
Kornél is the Stockholm dj legend who's steadily earning his production merits – the underground hits Baby Step and Down Since '92 are only the start.
As a dj trio, Studio Barnhus has created havoc in dodgy gin joints and blooming warehouses from Budapest and Barcelona to Tokyo and Tlacotalpan. Expect a perfectly organized mess of avant-garde techno/house hits, non- linear noise, and small but sweet glimpses of pop heaven when Barnhus takes over the booth. It's a bewildering, sometimes scary but always fun ride that no self-respecting dance floor should be without.
Die Vögel (German for “The Birds”) is a collaboration between Jakobus Durstewitz and Mense Reents, both accomplished musicians active since the 90s, first linking up as pioneering “Hamburger Schule” band Das Neue Brot. Jakobus is an innovative multi-instrumentalist who has recorded several albums with his own project JaKönigJa aside from his versatility as session musician; the no less talented Reents caught attention releasing on famed kraut-house label Ladomat with his group Egoexpress, later joining punk bands Die Goldenen Zitronen and NRFB, and he currently operates the Art Blakey Studio in Hamburg.
With their combined performance and production experience, Die Vögel represents what an electronic live act can be in today's musical landscape. The don't just press “play”—they actually play, and their output reflects a true sense of playfulness. DJ Koze cites them as the reason he decided to found his own label Pampa Records back in 2009.
Die Vögel's first single, "Blaue Moschee", notoriously became Sven Väth's secret weapon in his sets throughout 2010. German pop singer Oceana would later sample the track for her "Endless Summer", which became the official song for the UEFA Euro 2012.
In 2011 they released the "Fratzengulasch”, which became a massive club anthem, hitting the 2011 Poll of German music magazine Groove at the #2 position, garnering further praise from the likes of XLR8R, Resident Advisor (4/5), Trax, De-Bug, Data Transmission, SPEX and DJ Mag (8/10).
The video by Katharina Duve and Timo Schierhorn won the MuVi Online Award at the 2012 Oberhausen Short Film Festival.
Now in 2013 comes their new 12“ "The Chicken", which contains vocals samples of legendary German filmmaker Werner Herzog…
Despite the success of their recordings, what really makes Die Vögel so unique is their live performance: They take the stage with an arsenal of real instruments, such as tuba, trombone, flute, trumpet and percussion, always combined with a propulsive bassline. In their brief history, they have played internationally at top clubs including Les Ambassadeurs (Paris), Kehakuma Space (Ibiza), Berghain (Berlin), Kubik (Melbourne), Berns (Stockholm) and Cruxifix Lane (London), as well as at festivals such as Distortion, Fusion, Urban Art Form and Modular.
Dürerstuben (Pampa Records)
After a few nice but largely unnoticed 12”s for lower-profile labels, Dürerstuben is ready to make a serious maneuver, and Pampa is pleased to provide them with the proper platform. TheSheets of RaneEP is the Berliner duo's most sophisticated statement yet, imbuing cold programmed sounds with a glowing human touch and a penchant for melody.
Swedish producer, Harald lives in Stockholm. 2009 he started his own label Kranglan Broadcast after a release on Traum Schallplatten and two EPs on Aparillo Music. His releases have always received very nice feedback and he has been lucky to get played by some admirable artists and djs like James Holden, Fourtet, Miss Kittin, Sven Väth to name a few.
Björk's liveset is based on my songs transformed in to a hardware environment. He travels around with drum-machines and synthesizers like it was the 1980's :). He likes to play with gear and not have the possibility to look at a screen. Harald really enjoys spending time in the studio preparing sets, slicing samples in hardware samplers, tweaking synthsounds and drums och machines.
Previous gigs include opening Sonar' official festival in 2014 and Way Out West, one of the more important festivals in Sweden.
Harald keeps busy trying to find the core of his music, the spontaneous emotion transferred into very basic good sounding electronic instruments he has collected over the years, which includes a lot of MC-202, TR-707, Casio RZ-1 and Korg Polysix, recorded with some tape echo and reverb on top, nice and simple.
Matt Karmil was born in 1979 near the giant pre-historic glockenspiel / mythical neolithic monument known as Stonehenge. Matt was a sickly, introspective child – his boyhood days were spent indoors, practising the classical guitar for endless hours. He got well in his early twenties and headed out into the big world outside Salisbury, England. Since then, Matt has followed music wherever it takes him – years of djing, record collecting and working as a producer-engineer in London, Paris, Stockholm and Berlin led to him finding a new home in Cologne by 2012. Matt soon befriended the tight-knit yet open-minded community of music lovers centred around the legendary Kompakt imprint.
“I'd never sent a demo to anyone, and really thought that people wouldn't be interested in the music I made just to entertain myself, but I started to realise that the more I made music based on that premise, the more other people seemed to enjoy it”.
By 2014, Matt's Colognian friends had convinced him to collect some of these products of self-entertainment into “----”, a much-lauded debut album that combines dusty samples and elegant tape hiss with immersing grooves and a minimalist aesthetic. In the same year he released the jubilant club anthem “So You Say” on Tim Sweeney's Beats In Space Records and remixed John Talabot and Axel Boman's (Talaboman) single “Sideral”.
The last years saw a tidal-wave of new releases from Matt, remixing X-Press 2 for Skint, the albums “idle 033” and “++++”, as well as 12’’’s for Yumé Records, Idle Hands, Endless Flight and Studio Barnhus, gaining great reviews in publications from The Wire to DJ Mag and beyond.
2016 also saw a strong return to engineering, mixing and mastering, working extensively with Matias Aguayo for Crammed Discs, Kornel Kovacs for Studio Barnhus and Talaboman for R&S, among many others.
At the invitation of artist Christine Sun Kim, Matt composed an entirely sub 20Hz piece for Bounce House at Sound Live Tokyo 2015 and a forthcoming video collaboration with MIT Media Lab- “Time Moods” is due to be screened in 2017.
2017 will see the release of his fourth studio album, and more genre spanning releases - from accessible 12”s to his most intimate and delicate ambient works thus far.
Josh Caffé is an assured part of the underground house and techno scene. He is someone who has nurtured a close following of fans and press thanks to his always impressively varied yet on point DJ sets.
They find him mixing up house/acid house and techno with great technical and crowd reading skills. He has laid down such sets at both cosy basement parties and larger festival gatherings such as Glastonbury (BLOCK9), Melt Festival (GER), Lovebox (UK), Farr Festival (UK) and clubs like Dance Tunnel (London, UK), Renate (Berlin, GER), ://about blank (Berlin, GER), TV Lounge (Detroit, MI USA), Primary (Chicago, IL USA) and Crosstown Rebels/Get Lost (Miami, FL USA).
He is currently resident and founder of the club night Night Sheen held in various locations around London. Josh has also played around the world, at MTV events as well as vocal performances at Panorama Bar (Berlin, GER) and Boiler Room, and more besides, always brings a real underground edge whenever he goes. His regular guest slots on NTS Radio have further expanded his audience internationally.
As a vocalist he is just as standout, and early works such as Play With The Maid, in collaboration with Batty Bass boss Hannah Holland, were played far and wide. A follow up EP, Caffe Culture, was a series made with David Newtron (The Subs), and praised by the likes of DJ Mag, THUMP to name a few. A collaboration with PJU & legendary Robert Owens followed and Give It To Me (Muzikbox) was born, receiving praise and support from press and radio (BBC Radio 1). Releases with legendary Nervous Records and cult London label NOFITSTATE soon followed.
With an album on the way, Josh continues to work with stars like Snuff Crew, Posthuman, Hannah Holland, Alinka, Garry Todd and Rushmore to name a few. His own vocals and lyric continue to shine, as does the man himself both in the club and the studio. 2017 welcomes releases on Crosstown Rebels, Dixon Avenue Basement Jams, BPitch Control and DJ Pierre’s legendary Jack Trax label.