BUTTECHNO is Pavel Milyakov, music producer from Moscow’s suburban district and one of the leading voices in the local rising underground scene. He is one of the founders of Johns’ Kingdom, a label and self-described “group of pretty unknown artists” from the Russian dancefloor avant-garde advocating anonymity (“untitled united”) and an anti-ego approach to music as fundamental principles of creativity.
Milyakov makes spacious, dystopian, and wonky reflections on techno that mirror the expansive barrenness and desolation of his highrise-dominated environs. Despite keeping a relatively low profile, Buttechno still manages to attract significant positive attention, whether providing “spastic electronics and fireball ballistics” in one of the local Boiler Room event or creating soundtracks for European fashion shows. He has close ties to the area’s design and fashion scenes, and his own artwork fleshes out a singular aesthetic.
Milyakov’s debut album SPORT, released on Johns’ Kingdom, followed a pair of 12” singles and was produced for hyped Russian fashion designer Gosha Rubchinsky’s AW15 runway show. In its tracks, the appearance of rhythmic cells ranging from strict to rubbery lend direction, for occasional stints, to the blue, ruminating, and post-apocalyptic voids that are constant throughout. Whether DJing or playing live, Milyakov pulls audiences into a self-reflective, transfixed state.
Most people probably associate Chris Farrell with Idle Hands, the label he started in 2009 while working at Bristol record store Rooted with buddies Peverelist and Kowton. It probably didn’t come as much of a surprise when Chris also opened Idle Hands the record shop in 2011 after Rooted closed. Farrell has been an integral part of the Bristol scene for many years, together with his friends he has helped shape the sound of the city - such as through the label Brstl that he runs with Shanti Celeste since 2011.
As far as DJ’ing goes, to say Chris is diverse behind the decks is an understatement; only a strong confident DJ dares to move between house, disco and soul finding a bridge to fragrant dance tracks of the 80’s, going further into UK punk rock heading into techno. Ingredients like one and a half decade of vinyl handling and coming from a musical home clearly shines through. Adding further to his credibility, Chris is also a well-experienced selector in the reggae and dub field.
Chris Farrell is available for DJ sets and label showcases with Idle Hands.
DJ Plead is a Melbourne/Naarm producer based in Berlin and making percussive club music. Drawing on his Lebanese background, DJ Plead makes tough, functional, and percussive tracks. His unique style references the rhythms, scales and timbres of Lebanese pop and traditional Lebanese wedding music, blending them with contemporary RnB, Club and other dance styles. DJ Plead released his debut EP ‘Get in Circle’ through air max 97’s DECISIONS label in March 2018 and has since toured Europe and China. DJ Plead is also half of drum-workout duo Poison, a member of high-energy trio BV, and founder of the SUMAC label. His music is consistently played by the likes of Fourtet, Madame X, Anthony Naples, Joy O, Batu and many more.
With his latest 12" for Nervous Horizon, DJ Plead has created stark, skeletal, snare heavy drum tracks to frame his signature palette of Lebanese flutes, Mijwizz, vocal samples and subtle pads. Pleats Plead takes DJ Plead's distinctive sound and pushes it in a UK centric, minimal, dance-floor oriented direction. Under the guidance of label heads TSVI and Tommy Wallwork, DJ Plead has stripped back his sound to create an EP of frenetic yet refined and emotive tracks.
Florian Meyer has been DJing since the mid 90s and still enjoys it in the long nights of his residencies in Salon des Amateurs and Mother’s Finest as well as parties all over the globe. He is an avid long time music collector and runs the critically acclaimed DISK and SEXES labels. DON’T DJ-sets are known for their eclectic yet energetic and clubby dance floor delivery and long immersive journeys in the chillout - always surprising and refreshing!
He has released music since 1996 in collaborations like the IFF, The Durian Brothers and many others - his production activity as DON’T DJ started only in 2013. The highly recognisable style of this project features polyrhythmic (/ multimetric) rhythm excesses and curious atmospheres in a unique way that refuses categorisation.
DON’T DJ live shows range from ambient or experimental moods to full on club and stage sets. Every performance is unique as Florian recomposes his tracks while adding live experiments with prepared turntables on stage. A special collaboration with visual artist Marco Buetikofer is also available for shows: Marco plays a video game specifically crafted for this purpose which’s parameters are partially controlled by the live sound.
Florian has been giving workshops and talks since his time as a snowboard teacher in his late teens. He has spoken and taught in schools, universities, museums and festivals like Unsound and Intonal.
On offer are live-sets (with or without visuals), dj-sets, lectures and workshops, don't hesitate to ask for more detailed informations.
Born in Kiel, Germany, in the late 60's, Finn Johannsen started collecting records since he was a kid, with a focus on anything danceable from Disco, Soul, Post Punk, to Synth Pop and all points in between, and entered the nightlife as soon as he could. He spent his formative years dancing in some legendary clubs in Hamburg and started out as a DJ in the 80's on the Rare Soul circuit, then later fell in love with House and Techno and the styles that followed suit. Over the years he played a vast array of national and international gigs, and his widely acclaimed mixes and radio shows are all over the web. He is also a well respected and prolific writer for numerous print and web media publications (and there are rumors that he is affiliated with the mysterious D*ruffalo collective). He lives in Berlin, where he operates the Macro Recordings imprint with Stefan Goldmann. He used to work for the legendary Hard Wax store.
Since 2016, London based Forest Drive West has been building a rapidly growing catalogue of releases, receiving critical acclaim for records on labels such as Livity Sound, Hidden Hawaii and Rupture London.
His music has created a stir across the UK underground and beyond, resulting in a Resident Advisor ‘Breaking through..’ feature and an XLR8R mix to coincide with his superlative debut long player ‘Apparitions’ on Livity Sound in late 2018.
As fluent in jungle as the atmospheric techno of his earlier releases, his 'Jungle Crack and 'Set free' ep's show a stunning command of sound design and complex rhythms. They remain some of Rupture London's most sought after releases. Already an accomplished DJ, he is now touring extensively and is currently developing a live show set to debut in 2019.
Gigsta’s love affair with music takes many forms. This Brittany-raised Belgian gets as much joy dancing to it as she does writing about it (both as a journalist and as a PhD candidate writing on dance music literature). And her record collection ranges widely: from the very slow to the very fast, the old to the brand new, the silly to the ultra-serious.
Her show on Berlin’s Cashmere Radio, Fictions, gives you a feel for the breadth of her enthusiasm (recent themed shows have covered laughter, the cosmos, and Anne Garreta’s experimental novel Sphinx). But it’s in the club where Gigsta’s DJing really shines. She might throw together playful disco with obscure bass-heavy grooves, deftly switch tempo multiple times in a set, or bleed in the odd cut out sample hinting at an oblique theme.
Often surprising and always fun, Gigsta’s DJing has led to invitations to perform with UK institutions Freerotation, No Symbols and Livity Sound, France’s Concrete club as well as Astropolis and Transmusicales festivals--and, of course, Room 4 Resistance in Berlin, where she feels most at home.
Gramrcy is a British-born DJ and producer currently living in Berlin. His productions draw elements from the UK’s rich rave history while pushing a resolutely forward-facing sound. EPs on cult UK labels Ancient Monarchy and FTD established a restless, anything-goes approach to music-making, while a recent collaboration with his good friend Hodge on the Singapore-based label Midnight Shift displayed a tougher and more upfront side. This approach extends through to his DJ sets – a fluid and stylistically diverse selection that skilfully weaves between genres and eras while maintaining at its heart a fun and carefree approach to dance music.
Well received mixes for Crack Magazine, Boiler Room, Uncanny Valley and Ceramics (which Thump named their No.1 mix of 2015), as well as numerous guest slots on NTS and Rinse FM have cemented his reputation as a thrilling and diverse DJ, as comfortable with well-considered warm-up slots as he is playing peak time sets.
2019 saw him become joint label-owner of Peach Discs – the label started in 2016 by long-time friend Shanti Celeste, setting the stage for exciting developments in the label’s future. As well as running the longstanding Housework parties in Bristol and Berlin alongside Shanti, Golesworthy and Daisy Moon, he’s played a number of well-respected clubs, venues and festivals across Europe, including ://about blank and Tresor in Berlin, Simple Things Festival in Bristol and London’s Dance Tunnel, while his latest EP on GlassTalk Records continues to mark out Gramrcy as a producer to keep an eye on.
Founded in 2013 on Melbourne community radio station PBS, Lullabies for Insomniacs is a beacon of curiosities, exploring a wild sonic terrain that unfolds over the labels evolving catalogue. To date LFI is home to musical explorations that range from abstract electronics to found sounds, whilst delving deep into a palette of synthesized and sampled arrangements. The catalogue also traverses through territories charted by lo-fi jams and trance inducing percussive workouts. Izabel studied Sound art and electroacoustic music in Melbourne, London and The Hague these studies became the foundation for the label. She approaches her dj sets with an inquisitive nature bound by the floating ear and the binding power of the physicality of sound and music, her passion for crate digging ensures the listener will be guided into new sound worlds.
K-LONE co-founded Wisdom Teeth in 2014 with Facta, putting out records from seminal producers such as Simo Cell, Hodge, Lurka, LOFT & Don't DJ. Since then K-LONE has released an eclectic breadth of his own music spanning from UKG on Dr Banana, sultry Dub Techno-inspired tracks on Bristol's Idle Hands and Parris' Soundman Chronicles to his latest percussion-lead Sine Language EP on Wisdom Teeth. His DJ sets flit between the sounds of the UK and has seen him play in NYC, Europe, Japan and Australia. He currently has a 4 track EP of UKG coming out soon on Dr Banana and has an album forthcoming in 2020.
Laksa’s innovative brand of euphoric groovers have been making an impact on dance floors since his early EP’s on Beneath’s Mistry and Batu’s Timedance back in 2015/16. He has now garnered support beyond London and Bristol, landing himself a place on Munich’s Ilian Tape with two essential 12"s - Camo and Delicates. 2018 is looking bright for Laksa with further EP's planned on respected UK labels such as Whities.
His hybrid sound effortlessly blurs the lines between breaks, techno and bass, a skill he translates directly into his DJ sets, regularly playing alongside respected DJ’s and producers – such as Surgeon, Pangaea, Jane Fitz and Batu.
With all this achieved in such a short space of time, Laksa is definitely one to watch.
UK-based DJ and producer Leif has spent the past decade exploring electronic music as a vehicle for meditation and reflection. His sound has evolved over 20 EPs and three acclaimed albums, most recently appearing on labels such as Whities, Livity Sound and Idle Hands as well as co-running UntilMyHeartStops with fellow Freerotation resident Joe Ellis. In 2017 he launched the TIO-Series label as a vehicle to showcase the more off-kilter, rhythmical side of his own productions. His subtle approach draws on myriad elements from the spaciousness of dub to the rhythmic flair of broken beat and garage, polyrhythmic melodic patterns passed down from the pioneering minimal composers, ambient atmospherics and the more forthright structures and propulsion of house and techno.
Alongside his highly regarded recorded output, Leif has also earned himself a reputation as a forward-thinking DJ, especially thanks to his residencies at Freerotation festival and London venue Pickle Factory. His selections serve as an extension of his musical demeanour – in particular his long-form warm-up sets that follow a considered energy arc between dreamy ambient, psychedelic house and techno, crooked broken beats and electronica. This diverse approach has taken him worldwide, with repeat appearances at institutions such as Panorama Bar, De School, Concrete, Fabric and many more. 2020 sees Leif working on a new ambient live set to complement the floor-focused energy of his club DJ sets, expanding on musical themes hinted at in releases such as the 2019 album Loom Dream (Whities).
Now based in Rotterdam (where she works at the respected Clone Records shop), mad miran is a DJ who bubbled up from Amsterdam's underground scene, expanding her reach to take over dancefloors all across Europe and eventually landing a residency at De School.
This long-time music fanatic started her journey behind the booth as part of the Strange Sounds from Beyond crew (she's still a resident there), where she built up her tastes in an even wider array of different electronic styles.
After making the transition from always being on the dancefloor to someone who now oversees the party, mad miran's DJ skills are hard to argue with as she is able to confidently blend and blur the lines between whatever corner of adventurous electronic music catches her fancy in the moment.
Her first physical format mixtape will be released on the Italian ever-rising label Art-Aud in January and is a 90mn trip of old-school madness, very symbolic of Miran's own rave spirit!
What do you mean when we say that substance matters?
Perila is a St. Petersburg-born, Berlin-based sound and visual artist, DJ and performer exploring sensitive borderlines and depths of subtle matter. Her sets are thick narratives drifting through rich sound palette immerging a listener into pretty personal trip. Constantly shifting moods and textures of mixes create comfort space for emotions to float, merge, evaporate and ride in a deep context.
Apart from sound practice and research Perila constructs intimate visual, textual, contextual, performative layers to affect a listener on many levels. Practice is aimed to challenge and overcome boundaries and share this expansion with the Other.
Stay in presence. Impermanence and balance.
Pessimist, real name Kristian Jabs has been releasing music since 2010. Previously one third of the Bristol trio Ruffhouse, his constant development over the years has gained him a respected reputation throughout the electronic music industry. With firm roots in Drum & Bass & Jungle, Pessimist has not only made an impact within the Drum & Bass scene but also the wider electronic music community. With his critically acclaimed debut self titled album released on Blackest Ever Black turning many heads and garnering a clear non-conformist vision, Pessimist has carved out a stand-alone status and has influenced a whole new generation of experimental Drum & Bass producers and DJ’s.
Whilst running his own imprint Pessimist Productions and co-founding UVB-76 music, Pessimist has also released on labels such as Blackest Ever Black, Osiris Music, Ilian Tape & legendary Drum & Bass labels such as Cylon Recordings & Renegade Hardware.
You can expect a hybrid of Drum & Bass / Jungle, Techno, Ambient Interludes and back-to- the-90’s TripHop all within his DJ sets, a true translation of his productions and influences.
The mutant-polymorphic-spirit-child known only as RAMZi left its home of the deep forests and chose Phoebé Guillemot as its human host many moons past, tasking itself with the protection of wildlife, the decimation of its enemies and the conquest of new lands. RAMZi makes itself known to our world as this unique fusion of psychoactive sounds, an invitation to a parallel dimension where Children and Animals altogether fighting back the Great Gray Invasion - armies of zombies invading their motherland under the order of the Gray Aliens, the invisible political power.
Stubborn and protective, RAMZi appears as a wild child warrior who guide us through its territories, enjoying squeezing birds and hanging out with its fluffy animal companions. This translate into a multilayered soundscapes rumbling deeply with balmy beats, angry birds, combative melodies, ecosystems anthems, always driven by something greater—a quest for a collective, psychoactive interspecies harmony.
RAMZi's invitation into its territories became possible for the first time in 2013 with Etwal Timoun EP on Total Stasis and Dezombi on Los Discos Enfantasmes, followed by Bébites. As an experimenter in Vancouver's underground scene in 2015, Guillemot fully established the RAMZi World with Houti Kush on the label 1080p. With the Phobiza trilogy, RAMZi archipelago is revealed pushing the quest into the “fifth world,”. Following 'Phobiza Dia’ on Total Stasis and ‘Phobiza Noite’ on Moodhut, Amor Fati vol.3 comes as the inaugural release on Phoebé’s own FATi Records, the nesting place for RAMZi and its extensive family.
In performance, Phoebé engineers an immersive and evolving rhythmic world, improvising with two different voices and cryptic dialogs, inviting the audience to the most psychedelic adventure talking to every wild-child warriors present in each of us.
RELAXER emerged from NYC in 2016 as the new project from Daniel Martin-McCormick. Over five EPs, he has explored lush techno with a feral punk spirit informed by two decades of innovative sidewinding in the US underground. Lithe, contagious bassline-driven grooves are a platform for a psychologically charged atmosphere -- humid with creeping paranoia, evocative melancholic melodies and themes of toxic masculinity. Relaxer’s hardware live set premiered at Berghain in 2017 and since then has been performed De School, Sustain-Release, Institut fuer Zukunft and more. He lives in New York where he runs the label Lovers Rock Recordings, collaborates with Aurora Halal as Halal & Relaxer, and co-directs the Sustain-Release festival.
Stockholm's Samo DJ continually sabotages the model with distinctive productions that fearlessly compact a myriad of demented ideas with a twisted Scandinavian cheek. One-half of Sling & Samo and co-founder of their label Born Free, Samo also creates faux-fantasy original soundtracks with MaxxxBass as KWC 92, while studio time with Tzu Sing, Baba Stiltz and Cos/Mes further transmutes his sound. Responsible for multiple standout L.I.E.S. releases aswell as working with TTT and Public Possession.
Coming from a punk background and drawing from a lot of different influences, SOLARIS became a very eclectic DJ based on fast Techno, UK-Bass, deconstructed club and broken rhythms. She made her first steps in the Techno scene through parties in Dresden around 2009. After moving to Leipzig a few years ago she became the main booker of Institut fuer Zukunft from 2014 to 2017.
In 2017, together with Stanley Schmidt, they founded their own imprint called "PH17", focusing on experimental club music and also started performing and producing together as Monsanto High.
London born and bred, Whities founder Nic Tasker has been djing for over a decade. He is one of NTS’ longest-standing residents, hosting his weekly show on the station since its first year of broadcast. He started Whities four years ago – a label which, in its short existence, has built a solid global following of its idiosyncratic musical output, parties and artwork.
Nic fell for dance music early on and got his schooling at Phonica, where he worked for many of his younger years. He went on to become a booker and host at Boiler Room, before joining Young Turks (where Whities originated as a sub-label). Taking Whities independent in 2017, Nic has continued to grow the label with both cohesion and variation, this year starting a dance-floor dedicated sub-label, Whities Blue, and a mixtape cassette series under the heading 88T. All focus predominantly on supporting the work of lesser-known contemporary artists.
This approach to music, combined with his experience across all corners the industry, gives his sets a diverse, neoteric sound grounded in the traditions of techno and dance culture. His djing has taken him worldwide, to Berghain, Robert Johnson, De School, Fabric, Sub Club, much of Europe and further afield in Tbisili, Tokyo and throughout the United States.
тпсб (tpsb) is an abbreviation of "темное прошлое светлое будущее", which translates to “dark past bright future”. тпсб’s debut album Sekundenschlaf (BLACKEST067) has been released on London label Blackest Ever Black in early 2018. Live shows can be sweaty or sweet.
Whities is a London label run by Nic Tasker. What started with the intention of providing a platform for off-kilter techno has, in its four years, morphed into something looser and more eclectic while remaining committed to dance music.
The label has been lucky enough to find a space deviating between the compelling, floor-friendly offerings of Avalon Emerson, Lanark Artefax, Minor Science, Giant Swan, Tessela, Kowton, Terron, Koehler and SMX, and distinctive sounds of Jules Venturini, Quirke, Reckonwrong, and Coby Sey. Connecting all of them is a sense of musicality and peculiarity, and a commitment to emotion and rhythm. Whities has formed lasting relationships with many of the artists, working together on events and projects in art, film and fashion. Designer Alex McCullough, the man behind most of Whities artwork and beyond, has been equally as intrinsic to the label’s identity.
Records aside, Whities has been known to throw a good party. Establishing a solid grounding at The Yard in Hackney Wick, the parties have since gone worldwide, with DJs including Vladimir Ivkovic, Call Super, Bambounou, Courtesy, Skee Mask, Rroxymore, Galcher Lustwerk, John Talabot, Beatrice Dillon and Willow joining the regular label artists.
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