In response to the rate of music venue closures across the UK (an estimated 40% of London’s music venues have closed), Selfridges has decided to host a series of live gigs from a range of artists alongside music inspired capsule collections from brands around the world.
First up is Blood Brother’s capsule collection for the Selfridges: Music Matters series, takeing a nostalgic look back on some of the most successful parties they have hosted. Leaning on their brand ethos of togetherness, the parties they hold are a way of bringing together people and friends under one roof to celebrate and listen to music.
The collection consists of tees, hoodies and bag in a colour palette heavily influenced by early nineties rave culture, featuring acid greens and bright pink, white, blue and black. The graphics feature a retrospective of rave and club night flyers, referencing previous nights such as The Labyrinth Club in Dalston – the birthplace of The Prodigy – and archiving headliners such as Andre Lodemann and Sonny Fodera.
The collection launches August 14th, available at Selfridges. Prices range from £55-£160
THE HYDRA PRESENT NINJA TUNE // 21st Oct // 12:00pm – 23:00pm
25 YEARS OF RAM RECORDS // 28th Oct // 12:00pm – 22:00pm
Having laid dormant since Easter weekend, Printworks have allowed the dust to settle on Issue 001. It’s fair to say that Printworks went above and beyond our wildest expectation during its debut season of events. Week-to-week it just kept getting bigger. In a few short months Printworks went from being an ex-printing facility being used as an event space, to earning a reputation as a venue.
Although it remained closed for the summer months, Pritnworks are eager to keep that momentum going with another finely-tuned season of programming. Running from October to December in a genre-spanning 10-week run, Issue 002 will pick-up right where Issue 001 left off.
Printworks kick-off with full fanfare on Saturday 7th October. They’ve spared no expense on the line-up, and it plays to Printworks’ strength as an industrial temple of techno. Ellum Audio boss Maceo Plex heads things up, and he’s joined by an elite supporting cast. Berlin stronghold Dystopian’s Rødhåd and Monoloc are joined by London favourite Daniel Avery. In addition they’re delighted to be welcoming Italian brothers Mind Against back to Printworks. Rising Belgian star Charlotte de Witte is invited off the back of her sterling display at Junction 2 earlier this summer. Elsewhere Vril and Edward will be performing live shows. Expect plenty of dark, ominous tones with some mind-bending production & lighting.
Next-up Printworks are psyched to give South African export Black Coffee a 5-hour platform to showcase his deep sounds. After suffering paralysis down his left-side as a teenager, his story is one of perseverance and, ultimately, hope. He’ll be curating the lineup with some special guests soon.
Printworks are thrilled to invite back long-term collaborators The Hydra for another date on 21st October. During Issue 001 the London-based promoters sparked the curiosity of a new legion of followers whilst never venturing far from their sound. Their impeccably crafted line-ups included Floating Points, Motor City Drum Ensemble, DJ Koze and Daphni amongst others.
On 28th October they celebrate 25 Years of infamous DNB label RAM records. Founded by the legendary Andy C and run alongside Red One, RAM’s decorated alumni reads like a who’s who of Drum & Bass: Chase & Status, SubFocus, Wilkinson, Bad Company, Delta Heavy, Frankee… we could go on. At the moment the line-up is a tightly guarded secret, but in true RAM fashion we’re expecting nothing less than to be blow away.
Britain’s climate is a cruel mistress. No business feels its bitter sense of irony more than the business of outdoor music events. Festivals and day parties can be planned with the highest of hopes as April’s ticket punters dream of an August filled with hazy days of sunburnt two-stepping. At the same time however, we are all crossing our fingers. The UK’s weather is a game of chance and the dice is loaded. Its sting was all too present in the Uber journey to an obscure ‘island’ in East London as July’s month long heatwave yielded to the all too familiar grey. However, Mother Nature forgot two things: how hardy us Brits are to a spot of rain and how great a Percolate party is, regardless of precipitation. It rained and rained but spirits never dampened, brollies raised high in elation.
With five years of experience under their belt, Percolate’s first foray into festival-sized shenanigans was far from a fumble. The organisers shunned unnecessary bells and whistles, focussing on what really we all really came for, good DJs playing on good sound systems; something that London outdoor events fail to deliver more often than they should due to sound restrictions. No such problems here. The sound quality on the towering main stage was brilliantly powerful and warm, so much so that even from our spot some distance back, we still felt very much in the middle of the action.
It was a similar success story for the DJ programming. The roster avoided the same old ticket-shifting superstars in favour of some of the finest selectors across all flavours of house and techno, from the clinically precise techno of Objekt to the acid party starters Paranoid London. For us, it was all about the inimitable DJ Koze. Rarely seen in London, we snapped the opportunity to catch him at the helm of a big system. His headline set was all we had hoped for, eclectic and unusual, layering wonky cuts like ‘Atom TM – Ich Bin Maine Maschine’ over heaving house and techno basslines. A quick intermission trip to the smaller second stage for Sonja Moonear was another highlight, energising the crowd for the final hour with splinter-sharp electro.
As the day drew to a close, Koze played us out with an encore spin of his now anthemic edit of Låpsley – Operator, much to a soggy crowd’s delight. As its disco chords filled the night sky, we took a moment to reflect; Percolate’s next big step was a triumph in expanding their intimate family knees-up vibes to the big open air platform. Here’s hoping there’s a 2018 return for the party in the perfectly round park.
Blessed with beautiful weather and tantalising techno sounds, our Saturday at Eastern Electrics was the perfect mid-Summer highlight. The crowds flocked to South London’s Morden Park for a day of house, techno, and – with this years’ new addition of the Rinse FM stage – drum & bass, grime and garage. With a wonderfully curated line-up ahead, championing a selection of both underground and more renowned music names from a multitude of genres, we were ready for a day of mixed musical adventures.
Our day started with a high energy set from pocket rocket DJ Barely Legal, that had the Rinse FM tent full with good vibes and happy ravers. After an injection of bass we headed out to explore and floated from stage to stage, bouncing to upbeat house sounds as we went. Each stage at the festival had its own individual identity, both musically and aesthetically, each celebrating their own distinctive sound. Further highlight sets included Sir Spyro, My Nu Leng, Franky Rizardo, Âme and of course, King Carl Cox who ended the festival on the Eastern Electrics main stage.
As well as smashing the ball out of the park musically, Eastern Electrics was a breeze of a festival. With a variety of food, drink, chill-out areas and a cashless wristband system, it really was a pleasant place to be. For more information, visit www.easternelectrics.com.
The players have been revealed for elrow‘s two-day Rowlympic Games extravaganza at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th August 2017.
Sonic athletes from across Clubland are limbering-up to show elrow Town their best, with champion disc-spinners Seth Troxler, Jamie Jones, Eats Everything and Idris Elba all marked out as top-prize contenders at the festival-scale show.
With years of training under their belts, dancefloor heavy-weights will compete for the biggest tune. Taking their places at the starting blocks will be Butch, dishing out his callisthenics-at-120bpm house rhythms, Riva Starr offering cardio workout floor-fillers, techno sprinter Jasper James, Route 94 and his workout-ready deep grooves, and, fresh off the treadmill, Robert James. Passing the baton along will be the incredibly agile Lauren Lane and long-distance clubber Shadow Child with a UK vs Germany doubles-round from The 2 Bears plus Santé & Sidney Charles.
Representing some of the brightest rising stars in their field and bringing a whole new dimension to the show, marathon man William Djoko, Man Power, Mele, Crazy Cousinz, Marcus Nasty and DJ gymnast Lord Leopard will have their eyes on poll position, whilst for the first time ever at elrow, the bass music heavy-lifting unit will be throwing down garage classics and UK funky with the likes of The Menendez Brothers, Jus Now, DJ Die, Chimpo and the iconic Foundation pairing of Sticky & Scott Garcia taking over their own dedicated space within Rowlympic Village, inviting elrow’s townsfolk to unleash their gun-fingers and running-men to some of the best in British bass.
With the home-ground advantage elrow’s feisty resident squad will be delivering high-octane performances, with Marc Maya, De La Swing, Toni Varga, George Privatti and Bastian Bux completing elrow Town London‘s Rowlympics team.
elrow’s final event in London this year, and biggest show to date will offer a 360° immersive experience, housing three of elrow’s party themes within the elaborately constructed, custom-made town setting, complete with the wacky characters, larger-than-life production and swirling confetti now synonymous with the brand.
Saturday tickets sold out in just 4 hours, with final tickets for Sunday’s Closing Ceremony available here: www.elrowtownlondon.com
It’s that time again. We are 14 years deep into raving on the common. When the suburbs become home to Electronic Music Enthusiasts for a weekender of non-stop, feel-good, finely-tuned immenseness!
SW4 like no other London fest, has always been the hottest ticket in town, and continues to grow even stronger, with 2017 promising to be the loudest SW4 yet! Increased sound levels, London’s most upbeat bill of the season and the bank holiday vow to deliver a weekend to remember.
Here are our Top 8 artists we are on countdown to see:
Pendulum are reforming in 2017. You heard it here. Closing the show on Saturday, Pendulum will be headlining and coming back with their first show for six years. This can only be monumental. Having been lucky enough to catch Pendulum a few times the first time around, they never failed to disappoint with their unbelievable energy and ability to get the crowd hyped.
We heard rumours that Sam Feldt will be gracing the stage with his full band and we cannot wait! A non-traditional move for SW4, the Capital FM Arena boasts this fresh faced international superstar, who since his mix of ‘Show Me Love’ has been ultimately unstoppable.
Ok then, watch what we say then… if you like Tom Zanetti, Saturday’s your day then. With his northern charm taking the season by storm, Zanetti is tipped to be our absolute crowd pleaser, geezer at SW4. Someone get us a plastic Champagne Flute of bubbles immediately.
Having graced London recently, we cannot get enough of Eric Prydz. Prydz will be storming SW4 and gracing the usually suburban Clapham Common with anthem after anthem and we literally can’t wait to throw our hands up and all of our caution to the wind.
Jax Jones can do no wrong. Perfecting that feel-good, I can do anything tune, we are ready to rave with our friends and strangers united. Come and find us in the crowd and we’ll cut our best Clapham shapes with you – guaranteed.
UK, South London based collective, Disciples have been giving us feels for some time now and we are stoked to see them right in their own stomping ground.
Make sure you don’t miss DJ and Producer Laidback Luke. If you are anywhere, make sure that you’re in The Ministry of Sound Arena on Sunday for this genius to take over your soul.
OXIDE & NEUTRINO
Because they are an absolute institution. Taking it back to the old skool, Oxide and Neutrino are a sure thing. Unmistakable beats taking over London again. They never, ever left really.
SW4 takes place on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th August 2017 and both dates are absolutely unmissable. Visit www.southwestfour.com for tickets and info.
Let the Electronic take over. See you on the Common.
Following the sold out LCD Soundsystem launch weekend, The Warehouse Project are excited to reveal the second installment of the WHP17 opening sequence.
Taking place on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 September at their spiritual home of Store Street, The WHP17 opening weekend showcases some of the most exciting and respected names in house and techno.
Friday 23rd September welcomes DJ duo The Martinez Brothers, who’ll take over Room 1 of the underground car park, joined on the night by the likes of Eats Everything, Solardo, Josh Butler, Jacky, De La Swing, Latmun, Elliot Adamson and a special B2B set from Patrick Topping and Richy Ahmed.
Saturday 24th September sees an eleven hour dance-floor marathon, starring Ricardo Villalobos, Seth Troxler, Ben Klock, Bicep, Ben UFO, Midland, Raresh, Job Jobse, Tom Trago, Peggy Gou, Mall Grab, OR:LA, Saoirse plus many more.
For those who have registered for the pre-sale, tickets are available from 9am on Wednesday 5th July. General sale tickets will be available from 9am this Thursday 6th July, via The Warehouse Project website: www.thewarehouseproject.com
FULL OPENING WEEKEND LINE-UP:
Friday 22nd September: Welcome to the Warehouse Part 1
THE MARTINEZ BROTHERS / EATS EVERYTHING / PATRICK TOPPING B2B RICHY AHMED / SOLARDO / JOSH BUTLER / JACKY / DE LA SWING / LATMUN / ELLIOT ADAMSON / NEVERDOGS / JESSE CALOSSO / PIRATE COPY / SIAN BENNETT / OLLI RYDER & LUKE WELSH / AJ CHRISTOU / MVSON COLLECTIVE / BRODYR
Saturday 23rd September: Welcome to the Warehouse Part 2
RICARDO VILLALOBOS / SETH TROXLER / BEN KLOCK / BICEP / BEN UFO / MIDLAND / RARESH / JOB JOBSE / TOM TRAGO / PEGGY GOU / MALL GRAB / OR:LA / SAOIRSE / RIKKI HUMPHREY / KRYSKO / GREG LORD / ZUTEKH DJS
The excitement was palpable for the Harry Potter Heads amongst us. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect as we took our seats, the lights dipped and we were introduced to the orchestra and the composer.
It’s a joy to see a film which has been enjoyed repeatedly throughout the years, disembodied to bring forward the craft and art which makes the movie so spectacular.
There were times when I lost myself in the the film, forgetting the full scale Orchestra was right before my eyes, and other times I was absorbed completely by the orchestra losing sight of the movie and the subtitles allowing the magic of the music to lose me in its magnitude.
The harpist took over the audiences hearts and stood out spectacularly as she plucked her way through the score. A noteworthy moment was the scene in which ‘Fluffy the three headed dog’ was being soothed to sleep by the harp and suddenly the harp stopped- the absence of play was truly striking.
Watching it all unfold at the Royal Albert hall was a breathtaking venue and allowed everyone in the round to have a great view from anywhere in the theatre, however I can’t help but feel that the closer you are to the stage, the greater the dramatic impact of the orchestra would be.
Dress up in your Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Slytherin regalia and lose yourself amongst other Harry Potter fans and allow yourself to be engrossed into the magnitude of the music.
In the words of Albus Dumbledore – “Ah, music,” he said, wiping his eyes. “A magic beyond all we do here!”
Floating Point’s first short film proves that the arid desert landscape is anything but sparse by marrying space, sound, art and science.
‘Reflections – Mojave Desert’ finds Sam Shepherd and the Floating Points band in a thrilling sonic exploration of the environment under an endless desert sky. The project itself is positioned as spontaneous exploration – a ‘field recording’. Sam explains that the band had headed to a small solar powered shack in the middle of the Californian desert to rehearse new material between tour dates. Upon discovering the unique sound of the desert breeze crashing through rocky peaks, the echos of crows and coyotes, Sam was inspired to take a whole new direction.
He called upon Anna Diaz Ortuño who had previously directed the incredible video for Silhouettes (see below). Between just a handful of under-equipped people, the bipolar weather and kilos of sand, a 30 minute short film was born.
In the most challenging of locations, the combination of Sheperd’s sonic experimentation and the visual direction of Diaz really comes into its own. The audience follows the recording equipment as it is placed at different distances from the sounds source. We see clearly how Sam uses space to modulate this sound. Next he skips and dances around the rocky outcrops with a parabolic microphone, technology more associated with vintage spy movies. His movements reveal a rich tapestry of reverb as synths bounce against the organic structures and dust-filled winds; the variation in sound only matched by the striking biodiversity showcased by the camerawork.
The tracks we hear laid over this desert hiss are pieces that the band had been working on and were rehearsing during their time in the solar powered shack. The compositions are as expansive as their surroundings. What is most noticeable, in the tumbling breakdowns of first track “Silaurian Blue”, is its prog-rock/post-rock afflictions. Having a “band” format has clearly had it’s influence on Shepherd’s sounds, something he admits to in later questioning, referencing Krautrock pioneers Harmonia and their “Live 1974” record.
In the post screening Q&A, the crowd question Shepherd on his intentions and ideas for this project, which in itself is missing the point. This project celebrates discovery at its finest; unplanned, organic and imperfect. In its mission to make the behaviour of sound visible, it has wholeheartedly succeeded.
With talks of follow up projects, including modulating sounds through the movements of a dancer, we wait with anticipation for the next steps from this softly spoken genius. It’s thanks again to the Barbican for continuing to showcase some of the most forward thinking programming in the capital. Here are our picks for the coming months:
Ben Frost & Daníel Bjarnason: Music for Sólaris / 29 July ’17
Transcender 2017 featuring Midori Takada / 28 September ’17
Wolfgang Voigt aka GAS / 8 October ’17
Dasha Rush + LCC / 18 October ’17
Nils Frahm – All Melody / February ’18
Make some space in your wardrobe people, because Skepta has graced us with Mains – a compilation of easy-to-wear pieces to style out the unpredictable ‘summer’ weather. Putting a contemporary spin on the British staple, Skepta’s creative direction takes the original tracksuit and brings it into the 21st century with a unisex cut and a range of trending colors. Inspired by his own wardrobe, Mains will no doubt be on the backs of all the jet setting youth this summer.