Void presents DVS1, Forward Strategy Group, and MPIA3 Saturday 10th November 2012 Corsica Studios, London 10pm - late
VOID – a champion of all good music be it from established greats or a promising newcomers – have readied their next party for November 10th at Corsica Studios, with DVS1, Forward Strategy Group and MPIA3 all headlining.
Though previous guests include champs like Ben Klock, Perc and Tommy Four Seven, it’s VOID’s focus on quality rather than conjecture which sets the night apart, as such acting as a facilitator for local unsigned producers to showcase their work. So, as well as the main headliners, you can also expect equally connoisseur offerings from the VOID residents, namely Randolph, Jay Clarke, Rob Meyer, Kontrol Room, Daou and Billy Allen, all of whom have had a head in techno for years, running their own labels, spinning around the world and producing from some fine electronic outposts.
And so to the headliners, and firstly DVS1, the Klockworks and Transmat affiliate who honed his own brand of uncompromising techno over the last two decades. An experienced spinner who has been playing since the 90s and now counts fabric and PanoramaBar as regular haunts, DVS1 has picked up plenty of support not only from DJs like Derrick May, Luke Slater and Tama Sumo, but so too from critical outlets in the media. His tracks have been licensed to fabric compilations recently, with new ones soon to arrive on Prologue, Mote Evolver and more.
If lo-fi techno is your thing, then Leeds & Edinburgh duo Forward Strategy Group is the duo for you. Their stripped techno rhythms have so far been snapped up by always on point imprints including Ali Wells’ Perc and Lucy’s fearless Stroboscopic Artefacts, with recent album Labour Division serving as a widescreen and well received vision of their sound. DJ-wise, expect an intoxicating brew of techno, synth pop, industrial, raw house and more than a few sonic experiments along the way.
Last but not least, MPIA3 has had a seminal year in 2012, picking up props from RA and DJ Mag for his recent releases, at the same time as turning the heads of label bosses at R&S, Sigha’s Our Circular Sound and Shifted’s Avian. Laden with deep techno swing, coloured with well defined percussion and imbued with more than a decades worth of techno experience, MPIA3 is better known as Truss for now, but that’s likely to change in the near future.
The medium sized, two room space that is the underground Corsica Studios is a perfect setting for such a techno marathon, dark enough to hide your shame but with a sound system so crisp you’ll never want to leave.
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from dethjunkie (originally from oldblueeyes)
Billy Allen [Candela Rising] brings us the latest installment in The Lab podcast series. Billy gives us an evolving mix with a few darker introspective moments later, immersing the listener in a sonic-tapestry.
We caught up with the innovative player in London’s scene and he told us about how this mix came together, the UK’s contributions to techno, and his forthcoming plans with the vinyl-only label Candela Rising.
You run the vinyl-only label Candela Rising. What has the creative process been like since its inception?
It’s actually been really fun, the first release is by Moerbeck of Vault Series, he is somebody who I have been watching very closely and admired for a long time. It is his first release away from Vault Series and we really wanted to release something that was quite different from what he was putting out on VS, we wanted them to clearly be two separate projects. I am strong believer and I think that it is very important for producers to have a different approach to each label they work with, if everything you produce sounds extremely similar then what is the point of working with other labels?
There wasn’t a lot of creative input between us as the tracks were pretty much finished when we started discussing the idea of him releasing, he recorded a guest mix for a podcast show I was running a while back and a couple of the tracks from the EP were included in the mix as unreleased tracks so I had heard them before. Moerbeck is a very meticulous worker and I think it shows, even our mastering engineer had an easy job, the tracks were immaculate.
What can we soon expect from Candela Rising?
I am currently working with our next artist for release number 2; this is going to be something completely different to the first release, a lot darker! We aren’t in any mad rush, we are taking our time with this one, I am not one of these people that needs to be working on 3 or 4 releases at the same time. We are literally working on one at a time. Obviously there are projects that I have lined up but we won’t start working on them until all prior work is finished.
What I can say though is that we will be keeping things interesting, we are working with sound designers, vocalists and all different types of musicians to bring you something different to the table. Candela Rising is not a Techno only label, I feel that there are enough labels out there who are releasing ‘dance-floor ready’ Techno, I knew from the start that I wanted to do something different, this will include all styles, ambient, drone, dub etc.
There are some great labels in the UK. Do you feel that our techno scene is still being dominated by Berlin’s, or have we evolved with a bright future to look forward to?
To be honest, production wise, I think the UK is dominating at the moment. It hasn’t been this strong here on the island since the 90’s. Take a look at some of the artists emerging from the UK recently; Shifted, Truss, Sigha, Blawan, Rebekah to name a few, these are some of the best workers out there at the moment and they are all from the UK. I think that Berlin is seen as a dominating force because of the support and pride they have for their club culture, certain clubs in Berlin are iconic and rightly so, we just don’t have that here really. I think one of the last truly iconic clubs we had was Q Club which sadly closed at the beginning of the year.
Anyway, it is what it is; I think the UK is in great shape and getting better.
Can you explain how you put together this podcast?
The mix was recorded using 2 Technics 1210’s, 2 CDJ’s and an Allen & Heath Xone 92. I wanted to do a mix that was different to what I would play in a club, something that is more suited to the home stereo.
What else can we look forward to from you over the coming months?
Got some really cool gigs coming up, mainly VOID at 1001 this coming Sunday (22nd July), VOID had a great re-launch at 1001 last bank holiday with Tommy Four Seven and Ben Klock and was lucky enough to be part of that, some massive events coming up from them.
Also I will be returning to fabric for WetYourSelf on Sunday 26th August (Bank Holiday) with Chris Liebing. I played with Chris last year at fabric and had a great time so am defiantly looking forward to that again.
Tracklist: 1. Forward Strategy Group - Inside the Shadows (Dadub Metropolis remix) [Stroboscopic Artefacts] 2. Mas Teevah - The Man who Lived 1000 Years (Ness Remix) [Sonntag Morgen] 3. Dasha Rush - Side Ways [Sonic Groove] 4. H229 - Repulsine (Mike Parker remix) [Nachtstrom Schallplaten] 5. Psyk - L3 [Non-Series] 6. Skirt - Collider (H.G remix) [Frozen Border] 7. Shifted - Coax [Mote Evolver] 8. Mike Parker - Subterranean Liquid [Prologue] 9. Voices From The Lake - Drop 4 [Prologue] 10. Dasha Rush - Relative Perspective [Sonic Groove] 11. Planetary Assault Systems - Function 4 (Marcel Dettmann Base Dub remix) [Mote Evolver] 12. Marcelus - Suspension [Tresor] 13. Oni Ayhun - OAR003 B [Oni Ayhun Records]
The Candlelight Sessions was created to showcase music from across the globe for your listening pleasure.
With it's origins set in the ever inspiring haven of East London it has always been easy to find talented individuals to showcase their sound on the show. Candlelight has gone from strength to strength over the years and what started out as a show spawned by a collective of Dub and Techno DJ's it has now grown into a genre defying series with no limits.
Every month these sessions will provide you with a mix from Candlelight resident, Billy Allen, as well as a guest mix from Dj's across the globe. There will also be new tracks from featured artists, bands and producers spanning across all genres. If its good, it gets played, simple!
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