TBC Lockdown Playlist – April 2020

Welcome to our latest playlist written during lockdown at TBC HQ. We haven’t posted for some time and we wanted to rekindle our website posts to share our latest listening with you during the lockdown period. We hope that this post finds you safe and healthy and you are able to seek out some of the albums that we have been listening to for your enjoyment in May.

At TBC HQ we have had an increased amount of time to listen to music due to a period of furlough and an existing period of maternity leave. We have recently installed a new wifi system so we are able to transmit music around the house from our desktop PC and hard drive plus we have our extensive CD and vinyl collection to call on. Each room is currently being used as a different room in a club so we have a chill out area, warm up, after party, techno, house and electro music rooms as you can see from the playlist.

We have also been watching a lot of the live stream DJ sets and hope to add these to the playlist for next month.

The list below are our recommendations with particular favourites marked with a star.

Albums

Agoria – Drift 

Bonobo – Black Sands

Dapayk Solo – Decade one 

Com Truise – Persuasion System *

COMA – In Technicolor 

Dave Clark – Devil’s Advocate *

Djrum – Portrait with Firewood

The Field – Infinite Movement

Four Tet – Sixteen Oceans

Function – Existenz

Grimes – Miss Anthropocene

HVOB – Rocco

Snuff Crew – Behind The Masks *

Spektre – Casting Shadows in no light

Tuff City Kids – Adolescent

Compilations and Mixes:

Berghain Vol.1 by Andre Galuzzi

Back To Mine by Nightmares on Wax

Fabric Presents Maribou State *

Ministry of Sound Session by Cajmere and Green Velvet *

Ministry of Sound presents Mashed by Ajax and Wok Djs

X Mix 2 pres Laurent Garnier – Destination Planet Dream

Watch the Ride by Andrew Weatherall

Vinyl Back Catalogue:

Scuba – Personality 

Various Artists – Dark Beat Detector 

Radiohead – OK Computer 

Ellen Allien – Berlinette 

Please respond with any feedback and other recommendations for us to include in the playlist for next month.

Stay safe and enjoy your lockdown raving.

TBC Playlist 2018 Annual Review

Introduction

Welcome to the TBC annual review for 2018, it has been a quiet front in regards to TBC this year with only the 2017 annual review being posted on the website and one event in July  (NY Muscle). In 2019 however, we continue to look for new ways to bring you more events and articles, this has already included our first podcast posted in January 2019 that included a mix and some words from Nick O Teen. Our last event in 2018 was exceptional, so many of our friends attended, made a great effort on the costume front, partied hard and gave us some great feedback to help TBC grow and develop in the future.

2018 was a very busy year for TBC, as ever and it included a number of big clubbing events. 303 in Liverpool in February at the awesome Invisible Wind Factory venue with Charlie May, Nick Warren, Guy J, Henry Saiz and Quivver (John Graham). The highlight being the basement room at the end with Quivver playing his moody progressive techno style and Nick Warren absolutely smashing it with a superb progressive set. Techno for Humanity in Antwerp (Belgium) in April for our wedding anniversary (how romantic!) with Danny Howells b2b Dave Seaman b2b Darren Emerson on their 3D tour, Hernan Cattaneo b2b with Nick Warren, Radioslave, Martin Buttrich, Gary Beck b2b Marcel Fengler and finally Amelie Lens b2b Pan-Pot. This event was top draw, DJ proceeds go to charity and you enjoy a massive rave by a lake in Antwerp with some of the best music and DJs across a multitude of genres. We finally got to attend Printworks in London on October 6th for Maceo Plex’s Mosaic night with Maceo himself, Len Faki, Ellen Allien and Silent Servant to name just a few. Printworks is an out of this world venue in, you guessed it, an old print works South of the river in London, it is simply ginormous and such an audio and visual spectacle. Room 237 at Club Loco in Bristol on October 13th for Bjarki and Randomer at a rave in a tunnel! As you can guess this was a totally insane event from a prestigious dark horse of a night called Room 237 that has been going for some time, check it out. Lady H also went raving in Vienna and had a ball at Grelle Forelle and Pratersauna. We attended Hybrid’s UK tour that came to Sheffield at Plug in November, this was a trip down memory lane back to the late 90’s and early noughties along with their new materials released in 2018 which is excellent and features on our playlist. Our last clubbing event of the year was a cheeky little outing to the Harley in Sheffield in December to see one of our all time favourite DJ’s and previous playlist winner Helena Hauff playing at Pretty, Pretty Good. We also managed to squeeze in 3 family weddings, one of which we DJ’d at, and a bonkers mini-festival that our friends threw in Welshpool in August called Brooskfest. I need a rest having just typed that out, we never do things by halves, all in or all out at TBC.

This year we are trying to better previous years articles on two fronts; posting the article as near to the start of 2019 as possible and changing up the format of the article to provide a fresh approach. We are posting the first part of the article in early March 2019 so we have definitely achieved on the former and the latter will see the results of the annual review revealed on our latest podcast later in March 2019 with some samples of the albums, compilations, podcasts or live mixes.

Playlist

This years list has 80 entries with 52 albums and compilations, 12 radio shows or podcasts and 16 classic albums or mixes. We have techno, house, progressive, disco, break beat, drum & bass, electro and even some dubstep. Our top picks are highlighted in bold and the shortlist will be presented on our podcast soon.

Berghain 08 by Fiedel – Various Artists 

Balance 029 by James Zabiela – Various Artists

Nick Warren, Henry Saiz and John ‘Quivver’ Graham live from 303V (Liverpool, Invisible Wind Factory) – Various Artists

Clarian – Television Days 

Oliver Schories – Blitzbahn

Dj Kicks by Deetron – Various Artists 

Dax J – Offeding Public Morality

Fabric 88 by Maceo Plex – Various Artists

John Hopkins – Singularity

Dj Koze – Knock Knock

Balance 030 mixed by Max Cooper – Various Artists

Naif by Efdemin – Various Artists

Eskimo Recordings presents The Purple Collection – Various Artists

Skee Mask – Compro

Gui Boratto – Pentagram

Blawan – Wet Will Always Dry

Schneeweiss 9 presented By Oliver Koletzki – Various Artists

Bedrock XX mixed and compiled by John  Digweed – Various Artists 

Hybrid  – Light of the Fearless

Permanent Vacation Selected Label Works 6 – Various Artists

Chronika V – Various Artists

Djrum – Portrait with Firewood

Hidden Empire – Mind Palace

Chris Liebing – Burn Slow

Djedjotronic – R.U.R

Orbital – Monsters Exist

A-Sides Vol.7 – Various Artists

Max Cooper – One Hundred Billion Sparks

Stil Vor Talent pres. Tempelhofer Feld – Various Artists

ReKonstruct mixed by Quiver – Various Artists

Balance presents Uone – Various Artists

Dj Kicks by Mount Kimbie – Various Artists

Global Underground Nu:Breed by Denney – Various Artists

Live at Cocoon Ibiza by Kink

Marie Davidson – Working Class Woman

Michael Klein – Snapshot

Mariel Ito – 2000 to 2005 

Redshape – A Sole Game

Adriatique – Nude

Prodigy – No Tourists

Watergate 025 mixed by Adana Twins – Various Artists

Miss Kittin – Cosmos

Elke Kleijn – Moments of Clarity

The World of Monnom Black – Various Artists 

Dj Kicks by Robert Hood – Various Artists 

Sound of the 19th Season mixed by Sven Vath – Various Artists

Thomas P Heckmann – Body Music

Gary Beck – Dal Riata

Tribology by Ben Sims – Various Artists

Anthony Rother – 3L3CTRO COMMANDO

Foundations Vol.1 – Various Artists

Panorama Bar 07 mixed by Nd Baumecker – Various Artists

Essential Mix

Palms Trax January 2018

Charlotte De Witte February 2018

Dax J April 2018

Blawan May 2018

Eagles and Butterflies July 2018

Le Fleur August 2018

Avalon Emerson August 2018

Haai September 2018

Mariel Ito October 2018

Agoria November 2018

Resident Advisor Podcast

Amelie Lens June 2018

Alienata April 2018

Classics

Hybrid Back Catalogue – Wide Angle, Morning Sci-Fi, I Choose Noise, Disappear Here 1999 – 2010

A1 People – Fresh Juice 2000

Layo & Bushwaka – Night Works 2002

Balance 005 – James Holden 2003

Warp20 present Chosen – Various Artists 2009

FabricLive 44 by Commix – Various Artists 2009

Chase and Status – Beginnings and More Than A Lot 2010

Commix – Recall to Mind 2010

Chase and Status – No More Idols 2011

Commix – Dusted 2012

Andy C presents Nightlife Vol.6 – Various Artists 2013

Tuff City Kids – Adolescent 2016

Kink – Playground 2017

We hope you can find some new favourite albums, mixes and artists from our playlist. Check out their online content and of course support them by purchasing their latest releases.

See you soon for part two.

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TBC Playlist 2017 Annual Review Part Three

Finally TBC, our loyal and patient readers have made it to the third and final part of our 2017 annual review. We apologise in advance for both the tardiness of this article being finalised, May 2018 for a 2017 review breaks our previous record of April for the 2016 review, and the lengthy part two, albeit we got a little excited at the top ten selection for the year. Like each previous year the annual review is a beast as it requires a crate digging mentality to review all 2017 content from a variety of sources, the patience to listen through and select your favourites and then repeat listen to write your final review. It has been very enjoyable and allowed us to unearth some gems that may have gone under the radar in the year while also having a good tidy up and purge of unwanted digital releases or reorganise the tangible CD and vinyl collection.

It is safe to say that the top ten selections each have their areas of excellence otherwise they wouldn’t have made the shortlist however making the top three or even winning the top release for a calendar year takes something special. What makes an album special is subjective and therefore we are lucky at TBC that we have two heads to challenge each others selections and thoughts plus, as previously mentioned, the selection needs to stand the test of time so you need to think outside of the box when making the final decision. There is a good selection on offer this year with a diversity in the top ten that has excited us during the review process, heavy techno from Oscar Mulero and Planetary Assault Systems, Techno from Adam Beyer and Ellen Allien, Electro from Helena Hauff, alternative electronica from Bicep twice and progressive house and house from Henry Saiz, Nic Fanciulli and Sasha. We have had back catalogue collections, production LP’s, mix compilations, live shows (with DVD accompaniments), festival sets, podcasts and radio shows. There have been scene stalwarts who have produced a multitude of previous releases (EP’s, LP’s, mixes etc.), debut albums, debut live performances, maturity & development in sound, DJ production  or mixing excellent and some straight up bonkers music.

After a great deal of deliberation the top three from TBC for 2017 is as follow, in no particular order, including a short reason why they made the top three.

  • Nic Fanciulli – My Heart
    • 20 years of experience has been put to great use by honing and maturing his sound to finally release a debut album that really hits home with a great flow & structure and some excellent tracks.
  • RA #596 mixed by Oscar Mulero
    • The ability to deliver heavy techno in this style and across 60 minutes while still creating a flow and transition is commendable as many others require 3-6 hour sets in order to showcase this type of techno.
  • Essential Mix by Bicep
    • It was a close run thing between the Irish duo’s production album and their Essential Mix as both are excellent and emphasise the year that Bicep have had. The Essential Mix just pips it by harnessing the sound from the album across a multitude of genres and nailing each mix and transition to a tee.

And our 2017 winner is Bicep with their awe inspiring BBC Essential Mix that came just a little late to be part of the BBC 2017 Essential Mix of the year and it would have given Helena Hauff a run for her money. We have already said a lot about the mix but to cap things off it stands out as an exceptional 2 hour showcase of Bicep’s skills, diversity and how far they have come in a few short years since their Essential Mix debut in 2014. The mix will have you partying, can be played in the background and is good when out and about on your travels on your headphones or in the car. This mix will continue to be played well into 2018 and beyond at TBC. We have added a link to the mix and a video to one of their tracks for your pleasure.

CONGRATULATIONS TO BICEP FROM TBC

As we continue to write into the May Bank holiday for this 2017 article it has allowed us at TBC HQ to enjoy a number of releases into 2018 and we want to share these with you so that you can start the year off with some great new tunes having enjoyed the 2017 playlist. We hoped that 2018 would continue on the same vein as 2017 as techno was in its ascendence along with electro coupled with some great production albums and internet shows expected.

Here is a list of a few to watch out for as we have had some great 2018 music already:

Essential Mix by Palms Trax – similar to the Bicep vibe and an early contender for 2018 mix of the year.

Berghain Vol.8 mixed by Fiedel – Various Artists

Live at 303’s 5th Birthday in Liverpool – Henry Saiz and Nick Warren

Balance 029 mixed by James Zabiela – Various Artists

John Tejada – Dead Start Program

Carpenter Brut – Leather Teeth

Dax J – Offending Public Morality

Essential Mix by Dax J

Dj Kicks mixed by Deetron – Various Artists

Fabric 98 mixed by Maceo Plex – Various Artists

Butch – End of Decade

Jon Hopkins – Singularity

DJ Koze – Knock Knock

Eskimo Recordings presents The Purple Collection – Various Artists

Too Slow to Disco Brasil compiled by Ed Motta – Various Artists

Thanks for reading and we will be back in 2018 with more articles.

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TBC Playlist 2017 Annual Review Part Two

Part Two

It is now time to select our favourites from 2017 and write a short review of each explaining our selection process. The process of selecting our favourites at TBC is always challenging due to personal preference, musical taste, the context of the listening experience (where and when you listened to the album or mix) and whether the selection will stand the test of time and repeat listens. When looking back at previous favourites and our picks from years past we can safely say that we still listen to these mixes today and have done so recently. They have each stood the test of time and we would still recommend getting involved in these now classics.

2016 – RA Podcast #525 – Dr Rubenstein

2015 – Fabric 84 – Mathew Jonson

2014 – Defected Pres. Nic Fanciulli In The House – Various Artists

We have reviewed our playlist over and over again to whittle down to our favourites and this year we have picked out a short list of 10 from which we will select the top 3 and the winner for 2017.

  • Planetary Assault Systems – The Lights Years (reworks)
  • Ellen Allien – Nost
  • Balance Pres. Natura Sonoris mixed by Henry Saiz
  • Bicep – Bicep
  • Sasha – Refracted Live
  • Nic Fanciulli – My Heart
  • Adam Beyer live at Awakenings Festival 25th June 2017
  • RA #596 mixed by Oscar Mulero
  • Essential Mix by Helena Hauff
  • Essential Mix by Bicep

 

  • Planetary Assault Systems – The Lights Years (reworks)

Luke Slater is a legend within the techno community for quite simply destroying dance floors with his heavy acid tinged, full on techno. Whether his production comes via his actual name or one of his many aliases you are sure to be on to a winner with any of his production albums, compilation, EP’s or LP’s. Under his Planetary Assault system moniker he quite simply produces bonkers rave-like techno that you would expect to hear in the basement at Tresor, strobes going off, smoke machines on full, bass bins shaking the floor like an earthquake and 135BPM beats blaring from the speakers. This is two decades of classics remixed and edited for 2017 by some of the scenes hardest and heaviest producers; Fengler, Function, Steve Bicknell, Slam and Planetary Assault System special P.A.S. Live edits. If you want to be pulverised by some of the best heavy techno then step right up, turn up your speakers and get involved. If you want to scare someone during a mix then throw one of these beasts in and to be honest there aren’t really any bad tracks on this mix so you would be unlucky to select one that wouldn’t do the job.

Temporary Suspension remixed by Slam, Surface Noise by P.A.S. are the two stand out tracks if you had to choose and there is also a treat at the end of the release, having managed to survive the 13 selected monsters, with an hour long megamix of the Planetary Assault System gems, a nice little bonus.

Have a listen to some samples on the link below.

  • Ellen Allien – Nost

Many of our TBC followers wouldn’t be surprised to see an Ellen Allien album make the end of year playlist however considering the fact that we are super fans of the Bpitch label legend this album is not what you would expect having listened to previous production albums. The last few albums Lism , Dust and Sool were all experimental electronica ranging from house, techno, pop, chillout and dub. The albums before this with Apparat (Orchestra of Bubbles) and the solo albums Thrills, Berlinette and Stadtkind were all more electro influenced with Thrills being the stand out album with classics such as Brain is Lost – still a TBC favourite. Ellen’s eighth production album since 2001 has taken us on a journey and finally we have an album more similar to her single releases and live sets. It’s techno time!

The opening track sums up my previous words perfectly with Mind Journey which takes you on a bass heavy journey accompanied by an evil lyric “this is not a mind journey…”, with an epic bass line. The theme generally is a more stripped back, basic techno structure that sucks you in and you cannot help but be captivated by the albums transition from storming track to another storming track accompanied by a little dance and grin of satisfaction. 2018 already has a number of remixes from this album lined up and we are very excited at TBC to dance to and play these tracks out in a club.

Mind Journey, Innocence, Call Me, Mma and Physical are stand out tracks but each carries it own weight.

Enjoy the samples from the Bpitch Soundcloud page below.

  • Balance Pres. Natura Sonoris mixed by Henry Saiz

Since his big hit Balance series volume 19 in 2011 and one particular release in 2008 titles Hello, Infinite on his Artificial Paradises EP (Renaissance) Henry Saiz has been on the TBC radar and we have kept out eye out for new albums, events and singles. His Reality Addendum production album in 2014 followed by its numerous remix collections has been featured in our progressive DJ sets for some time and are still in fact being played today. In 2016 we met the 303 event organisers from Liverpool in Croatia and they are good buddies with Henry Saiz so we have been spoiled with a few epic nights at their club listening to his epic progressive, balearic, percussion infused disco and, in some instances, unique style music (that features heavily on his Natura Sonoris label).

The Balance Series has been enjoyed by TBC since 2003 with the legendary James Holden 005 edition and we have lost count of the instalments that we own in our mega CD collection, its worth checking the series out if you haven’t done so (but if this is the case where have you been?). Henry Saiz has brought his label to town on this special Balance presents edition of their mix series and it is like a match made in heaven. A legendary CD series asking a DJ who already has a critically acclaimed instalment in the series plus a label that we cannot talk highly enough for its originality, bizarre-ness and its high quality of artist selection and music production. The 2 disc mix is perfectly balanced (pardon the bad joke) with its dreamy, percussion lead, balearic/summery feel music that takes you into a progressive soundscape that you could quite easily meditate to, pre-party to or get your groove on, just alter the bass response on your speakers and the master volume. All we can say is that this mix is epic, a true classic style compilation CD that shows off good music, production skills, track selection and some great labels and artists.

Sonder by Joep Mencke, Goliath by Tentacle and Ventura by Hal Incandenza all feature on disc one with superb edits and mixes either by other producers or spliced with other tracks by Saiz himself.

Disc two is almost solely Henry Saiz production or remixes so the whole disc is excellent but our favourites are the soundtrack-esque Prophetess, the epic vocal lead, trancey Light, Woodhouse by NVSBL and Death Drive blended with The Pendulum.

Enjoy a sample below:

https://soundcloud.com/balanceseries/balance-presents-natura-sonoris-mixed-by-henry-saiz-preview-edit

  • Bicep – Bicep

Since their Feel My Bicep podcast Bicep have come a long way, their 2012 Throne of Blood compilation mix, their 2014 BBC Essential Mix and a great number of superb production tracks such as Stripper and Just show their development in style, production quality and growth into all round electronic scene powerhouses. You can see them play disco on a boat in Croatia, a rave set in a warehouse, techno and house at a festival or bide their time until 2017 to produce and release a truly epic debut production album Bicep which they play at their Live shows. Their choice of label for the album . . . Ninja Tunes, was one which left a few people puzzled but when you hear their production sound and style this album harks back to an era of urban electronic production that Ninja Tunes are famous for and that in retrospect makes perfect sense to show off Bicep’s production skills and excellent to put out an album that can be enjoyed by such a diverse audience, old to young, urban scene to electronic scene.

The album itself needs a good few listens, one with headphones, another loud and in a party situation and the final one in a studio environment with a good balance of bass and treble. Once you have racked up a few listens through the album your appreciation to the 12 track album builds and builds, we even thought back to Orbital, Hybrid and Underworld production levels in the early naughties and nineties. This is a must have album from 2017 and one that will be around for many years to come.

Orca, Kites, Vale and Aura are stand out tracks.

Check out the link below to sample the tracks:

https://feelmybicep.bandcamp.com/album/bicep

  • Sasha – Refracted Live

If one of your first clubbing memories back when you were 18 was the Airdrawndagger album launch party at Heaven in London, you have listened to the original Renaissance Mix Collection from 1994 or seen this person DJ back to back with John Digweed for 4+ hours on two occasions you will get very excited when Sasha brings out a new song, mix, CD or is booked at a night or a festival. However somewhat amazingly we weren’t aware of the Sasha Refracted tour even though it is a continuation of the epic Scene Delete album on Late Night Tales released un 2016 and reviewed on the TBC website. What is happening to us, our finger is off the pulse! Well we need to make up for missing one of the most ridiculous live events ever where Sasha has reconstructed his tracks from Scene Delete and selected classics (yes Xpander is in there!) to be played with a full orchestra, Charlie May on keyboard and a whole host of synthesisers, drum machines and other classic and electronic instruments.  We purchased the full, all singing all dancing, Blu Ray and double disc set in its fancy textured boxset in order to revel in Sasha’s masterclass. This was Sasha’s first ever fully live performance and wow doesn’t do it justice.

It would be cheating to mention the Blu Ray video in this article as it isn’t fair against the other entries but it really is amazing, the high definition cameras and sound is simple unbelievable.

The album is made up of two discs, the first is Scene Delete reconstructed for the show with live vocals and of course live instruments and some crowd noises that, unlike other live albums don’t detract from the music itself. We won’t spend too long on this disc as we have already reviewed the album but this version is stunning, the orchestral strings and percussion add a new layer to the tracks and the live vocals are spot on.

Baracus with its bass breakdown around the 2 minute mark, Detour with it’s haunting vocals, Time After Times percussion and keyboard magic and Rooms featuring John Graham (A.K.A Quivver) on vocals stand out.

The second disc is classics from the Sasha era including one from Airdrawndagger all those years ago. Hearing the classics in this new way has that feel of nostalgia that many have tapped into with this new classical/orchestral take on classics but at the same time revitalise classics in their purest form.

Battleships, Belfunk, Burma (by Lostep is the original artist) and Xpander are stand out.

It is hard to sum the overall album up due to the nostalgic value this holds at TBC plus being swayed by the magic Blu Ray video but Sasha has really hit the mark and excelled himself, once again, with Refracted Live. Please enjoy the link below and go and get this album.

  • Nic Fanciulli – My Heart

Nic Fanciulli is one of Maidstone’s finest exports and being a Maidstonian myself it is great that he continues to build his brand and excel within a competitive electronic DJ environment. He hosts the Social event all over the world having started it in the humble Mote Park in Maidstone, is very good mates with Joris Voorn who often plays at small events in Maidstone bars and clubs and continues to loyally support Maidstone FC in the Conference Premier. Back in 2014 we selected Nic’s Defected in the House series as our favourite release and since he hasn’t released any full length mixes or major EP’s or singles, however in 2017 Nic finally graced us with his debut production album My Heart and you have to say patience is a virtue and this was worth waiting for.

In a career that has spanned around 20 years, since TBC first saw Nic playing funky house in River Bar for the Club Class warm up at Ikon, Nic has evidently honed and developed his sound and matured as a producer as My Heart oozes class and detail in the production work of each track. This is also a full length LP of 16 tracks that includes great interludes and flows nicely from deep house with superb vocals to dirtier, harder dance floor tech house tracks which is something that TBC greatly appreciated in an LP.

Imitations is a superb summers day time deep house track with a great male vocal, 100mph is a groovy deep house track with haunting keys and vocal, Twisted and The First Step are quality house tracks with catchy keys and groovy baselines that would be welcome at a house party, at a festival or in the club. Wrong picks things up a bit with a tech-house feel, The Perfect Crime is a nice progressive house uplifting track and Resistance harks back to acid house with an acid groove. Saying (featuring a great vocal cameo from Damon Albarn) and My Love brings things back down with deep house and an uplifting summery feel and you can have a break having got to the I’m Tired interlude. After Time and Sunshine 101 move back to the uplifting progressive house vibe and again show a great balance in production skill to vary and change across the LP. Little L has a tough tech house groove and satisfying bass line while The Light is an epic vocal lead dreamy that would sit well in a Moderat set, just great electronica. When you reach Under Stars you are in the outro and the album fades out but you feel that you need to listen again and appreciate a true gem of an album, we have done this a few times at after parties and when reviewing the album in this article.

Highly recommended and great debut album, have a listen to the album by following the link below.

  • Adam Beyer live at Awakenings Festival 25th June 2017

Awakenings is on the top festivals in Europe, they host a few parties every year either at the indoor Gashouder or the outdoor Sparrenwoude (we would highly recommend checking out some of the videos on Youtube as both are spectacular). The line ups are somewhat over the top with almost all of the top techno artists across all of the sub-genres of techno featuring and 2018 was a festival that TBC almost attended due to a friends stag do event in Holland however we were unable to make it. Luckily almost all of the mixes are recorded by BE-AT.tv which means you can easily access the best mixes and in this case we have a stormer for you from none other than the Drumcode head honcho Adam Beyer.

Adam Beyer has spent a great deal of time building and developing the Drumcode label and its artist roster so the last few years have not seen as much of a buzz around his tracks, mixes, albums or festival/event sets however this Awakenings set was the buzz on the internet and on social media from those who went telling their mates who couldn’t attend how much they were missing out! When we heard about his set from our friend who attended we went straight to Soundcloud (see link below) and got involved in typical TBC style in the early hours of a Saturday morning, Techno Breakfast time.

This mix has it all, which is essential for a festival set (having heard many over the years both live and via streaming or download), Drumcode artists, new material, a Depeche Mode remix from Thomas Schumacher and Victor Ruiz, the classic Vitalic Le Rock 01, the 80’s classic Pump Up The Jam and stormers from Boxia with Point of No Return and Spektre with Forged in the Heart of a Laserbeam. Add to the great track list (link below) the crowd noises from the festival, some ice cannons and other pyrotechnics you can hear in the mix plus the great transition from techno stomping to dance your ass off party tracks to classics you can sing along to like a little kid this mix epitomises the festival live set. As it is hard to put the whole mix into words we would highly recommend listening yourself on the link below.

https://www.1001tracklists.com/tracklist/1tvwm5jk/adam-beyer-day-two-area-w-awakenings-festival-netherlands-be-at-tv-2017-06-25.html

  • RA #596 mixed by Oscar Mulero

TBC have been fans of Oscar Mulero for a few years now albeit he has been djing and producing since the 80’s in his native Spain and across the world. When you listen to his production work it becomes quickly evident why we like him so much as he makes loud, heavy bass, banging techno, enough said! He runs the label Polegroup that has hosted artists such as Exium, Jonas Kopp, Reeko, Christian Wunsch, Lewis Fautzi and Perc which is quite a roster from the harder end of the techno spectrum. I was lucky enough to attend a night in Barcelona in 2017 where one of his label DJs played and it was banging, some of the artists he has signed to his label or invited to his nights are just superb techno dj’s and producers. Could you withstand the audio onslaught?!

In 2017 we were fortunate that RA enlisted Oscar to provide an episode of their podcast and this is simply stunning techno. Heavy and moody at the start progressing to the more full on, bass heavy, storming techno within around the 10-15 minute mark. Turn on your sub-woofer for some great bass frequency production work and a DJ utilising the EQ levels of the tracks to maintain a relentless bass line. Sciahri presents Insanity at around the 15 minute mark that does exactly what it says on the tin, this is pure insane techno. Oscar Mulero himself follows this track (and provides a few others later on too), along with a monster from Steve Bicknell called Harmonious Balance and later a remix from Planetary Assault Systems of a Lucy track, there are too many great techno tracks to name without writing down the actual track list. We must warn you that this is the heavier end of techno and could scare some people away but it is simply a great techno artist compiling and blending heavy, fast and dubby techno at its best. Enjoy the link below but beware, this isn’t for the faint hearted.

  • Essential Mix by Helena Hauff

2017 was the year that Helena Hauff rose to fame and held an almost stratospheric status in electronic music. She hosted a BBC Radio One residency show, debuted on the BBC Essential Mix show, played club nights and festivals across the World all while playing the electro end of the techno spectrum and in most instances just straight up electro, which has never really been mainstream in electronic music. This is quite a feat when you consider that she is also not a prolific producer having only released one production album in 2015 and a handful of singles and EP’s. Therefore she has risen to her current status off the back of her pure desire to promote her favourite genres, her superb mixing style and an almost geeky level of music crate digging for both new and old electro.

TBC were very excited about this Essential Mix having rated her Mixmag In Session mix in 2016 very highly and we were not let down when we finally got to Helena’s debut essential mix (we very much hope there will be more). Our excitement even lead to an after party at our flat where the full 2 hour mix was played at high volume with our sub-woofer turned up to max, this was pure exhilaration! The mix oozes class and feels like a sci-fi film soundtrack or computer game with the flow and mixing style that accentuates the bleeps, squelches, vocal samples and kicks that are prominent throughout. When the mix hits Transparent Sound at around 16 minutes with No Calls From New York, which is an evil sounding, break beat-esque rave track, the mix really cranks up and you almost feel like Helena is showing off her tune selection while not scaring people off with the more eccentric, eclectic end of the electro genre. TBC had to find this track, a cheeky steal from this mix, and have played many times since (something we had to do with a few tracks in this mix). As the mix nears 25 minutes W1bo presents Utopia Planitia things really start to pick up with a great bpm pace change and an uplifting electro track that is simply brilliant. The mix goes on to feature The Exaltics, Drexciya (twice), The Hacker, Aux 88, The Horrorist, Alien FM, The Advent and DJ Stingray which is literally the glitterati of the electro world for the last 15 years in dance music and the mix continues to grow, develop, ebb and flow throughout not feeling like a simple tune-fest but a perfectly crafted blend of superb electro and techno. The second hour is definitely more techno and at the harder end of the music spectrum with a particular favourite from Paul Blackford called Fallout played over an Adam Beyer Untitled track which is almost a tribal style electro monster track.

We literally can’t say enough about this mix, it even won Essential Mix of the Year! Have a listen with the link below and enjoy.

  • Essential Mix by Bicep

This is the second feature in our 2017 playlist from Bicep and it comes in the guise of one of our favourite radio shows the BBC Essential Mix. This was also Bicep’s second essential mix for Pete Tong with the first coming way back in 2014 and boy have Bicep come a long way since then in regards to sound, career progression and the overall quality that is evident across the 2 hour mix.

The mix starts at the lower end of the electronic spectrum with chilled, blissed out yet uplifting tracks that sit between chillout, nu-disco and deep house. At around the 25 minute mark Bicep step it up a gear with tracks from Giraffi Dog, Hammer, Tons of Tones,  Lake People and Norwell that flow perfectly and bring an old school feel with a great groove, squelches, breaks, kick drums and some superb keys, each of these tracks are ones you will want for your own collection. This shift in the mix brings us more in line with the sound that Bicep are harnessing and developing today, similar to the feel on their self titles album (reviewed earlier). As the mix nears the hour mark the old school feel remains but the bass becomes a bit heavier and the break beats continue with the epic Touch Absence from Lanark Artefax and flows into the hour mark where a more electro sounds emerges from the break beats from Abyssal Zone by Djedotronic, who are stalwarts in the electro scene, via an epic trance like track from Claude Speed called Ambien Rave. The electro sounds dominate for the next few tracks, raise the energy levels up and make you want to dance about and shake your ass like you’re at a rave, its contagious. Into the last half hour the mix takes on a more bassline, garage sound which is a nice touch as TBC are fans of this scene from many years ago and its works well with the rave, breaks and electro from earlier. Dan Cough’s B Jam into Urban Myths Makin Me Feel is a great mix that you would expect from a garage DJ, the diversity of Bicep is truly on show here. A classic from CJ Bolland is included around the 1 hour 40 mark called The Tower of Naphtali which is an R&S classic and again we hark back to the rave era and one of its most famous labels. The mix draws to a close but not before an Apex Twin number and two final tracks to ease you to the end with God Within Raincry being a great vocal chanting trance like breakbeat track and Modaji with Belle Epoque a blissed out closing track , what a mix!

The biggest failing of this mix was that it was released in December 2017 and missed the Essential Mix of the year poll where Helena Hauff took the crown (see above), as this mix would have definitely given Helena a run for her money. However do not be deterred by us using the word failing in this mini review as this mix is superb and one of our favourite essential mixes ever. The progression of Bicep is clear to see in this mix and we cannot rate it highly enough. Enjoy with the link below.

TBC Playlist 2017 Annual Review Part One

Introduction

Welcome back to our annual review of all the music that has been played at TBC HQ over the past year. We must say that 2017 has gone quickly, it has almost flown by, but this has  not been without the standard level of trawling through new music, albums, compilations and podcasts plus our archive of music (that has been amassed over the years and the odd classic album we find while out and about) in order to report back to our TBC followers. The reason for ever increasing speed of the years is normally linked to age however at TBC we seem to take it upon ourselves each year to challenge and see how many things we can shoe horn into a 12 month period and we have excelled yet again 2017. We have managed to finally buy our new house (after 2 failed attempts) where we are now able to party in our sound insulated attic. We attended half a dozen weddings including one in the Game of Thrones land of Dubrovnik, partied at the Night Kitchen (TBC was first held in the basement at this venue) one last time before it closed its doors, attended a Stag Do in Barcelona and one in Sheffield. We surprised friends on a Berlin hen do, enjoyed multiple parties at the end of the year at Collect and The Holt  (cheers Gaz and Jess) where I finally got to DJ out properly (the only occurrence in 2017). You may ask where have the TBC parties been in 2017 but after a very busy 2016 we took a break to focus on other things with the intention to come back and have a ‘re-birth’ in 2018 so watch this space. We did of course have multiple shindigs to enjoy the music finds of the year; at our old flat to send off the Mezz in true TBC style and to christen our new house, sorry to our old and new neighbours!

Part One

The 2017 playlist is extensive with a total of 121 releases, split as follows; 2017 has 99 with 83 albums/compilations/radio shows/live sets plus 16 Resident Advisor podcasts and BBC Essential mix shows. The Classic and Eclectic portion is made up of 22 releases and we venture back to 2001 to cover all of our selections this year. We  had to trim the playlist considerably as our music back catalogue has been delved into during a recent reshuffle of music during our house move resulting in many, many lost hours. The range of musical genres takes us from electronic to pop to hip-hop and rock with the former spanning drum & bass, house, electro, rave, techno, progressive and disco. In brief we can say that while 2017 was not one of the best for producing truly standout releases there have been a few gems that have been great to seek out. We hope that you can find some new artists, record labels or releases when reading the article and can enjoy the releases as much as we have.

2017 Playlist

Eskimo Recordings pres. The Red Collection

Resistance Vol.1 mixed by AndHim

Permanent Vacation Vol.4 – Various Artists

Selectors 001: selected by Motor City Drum Ensemble

InFine 10: Tomorrow Sounds Better With You – Various Artists

Stereo Productions pres. Best of 2016 – Various Artists

Dj Kicks – Matthew Dear (Reviewed Jan 2017 – https://technobreakfastclub.co.uk/2017/01/27/tbc-album-promo-dj-kicks-matthew-dear/)

The Sound of Belgium (TSOB) Vol.3 – Various Artists

Unfinished Business Vol. 4 mixed by Luke Solomon

Tin Man – Dripping Acid

Joseph Capriati – Save My Soul

Balance Pres. Sudbeat mixed by Hernan Cattaneo

Global Underground Select #2 – Various Artists

A Decade of Ilian Tape – Various Artists

Layton Giordani – Where It Begins

Watergate Vol.22 mixed by Catz N’Dogz

Talaboman – The Night Land

Planetary Assault Systems – The Lights Years (reworks)

Ten Years I Love Acid – Various Artists

Gaiser – III

Lee Foss – Alchemy

Fabric 92 – Call Super

Eli Escobar – Happy Again

Sian – Capital Crimewave

Hal Incandena – Calor

FabricLive 91 – Special Request

Ellen Allien – Nost

Elektrik World compiled by Dr.Lektroluv – Various Artists

Sasha – Scene Delete: The Remixes

Rebekah – Fear Paralysis

Rodriguez Jr. – Baobab

Talamanca – Sytem

My Favourite Vol.3 PETS Recordings – Various Artists

Jannowitz Black Compilation mix by Tiefschwarz

Perc – Bitter Music

Schneeweiss Vol.7 compiled by Oliver Koletzki

Robert Hood – Paradygm Shift

Dj Kicks – Michael Mayer

Reclaim Your City Podcast Series – REKA (vol.229), Dustin Zahn (vol.178), Rebekah (vol.151), Gary Beck (vol.135) and Exium (vol.66)

Maceo Plex – Solar

Realms of Consciousness Pt. II – Various Artists

Ghost Population vol.6 from City Noises – Various Artists

Balance Pres. Natura Sonoris mixed by Henry Saiz

Delta Funktionen – Junior High School Excursion

XLR8R Podcast Vol. 497 by Paul Kalkbrenner

Correspondant Compilation Vol. 05 – Various Artists

Herdersmat Part 9-15 – Various Artists

HOSH – Stories from Sa Talaia Parts 1-3

Infrastructure New York pres. Facticity

Dark Sky – Othona

Dekmantel pres. Selector 003 compiled by Marcel Dettmann

Recondite – Update

Soma 25 – Various Artists

Stil Vor Talent pres. Alexanderplatz

Drumcode pres. A-Sides Vol. 6 – Various Artists

Broken English Club – The English Club

Sam Paganini – Zenith

Slam Radio #258 – Bloody Mary

Lake People – Phase Transition

Bicep – Bicep

Joe Goddard – Electric Lines

Koelsch  – 1989

Sasha – Refracted Live

Steffi – World of the Walking State

Special Request – Belief System

Rødhåd – Anxious

Global Underground: NuBreeb 10 mixed by Oliver Schories

Dave Clarke –  Desecration of Desire

Christian Smith – Synergy

Oscar Mulero – Pattern Series Compilation

Oliver Huntemann – Propaganda

Dekmantel pres. Selectors 004 compiled by Joy Orbison

Nic Fanciuli – My Heart

Kaiserdisco – Another Dimension

Kern Vol. 4 mixed by DJ Stingray

Koen Groenveld – Best of 2017

John Digweed Live in Brooklyn, Output, NYC

DJ Hell Zukunftsmusik

We Play House Recording 10 Years – Various Artists

Mister Saturday Night – Then & Now

Momentum 10 Years of Token – Various Artists

Adam Beyer live at Awakenings Festival 25th June 2017

5 Years In Love With Involve – Various Artists

Resident Advisor Podcasts

RA #569 mixed by Willow

RA #582 mixed by Steve Bicknell

RA #584 mixed by Galaxian

RA #596 mixed by Oscar Mulero

BBC Radio One Essential Mixes

Essential Mix by Pan-Pot

Essential Mix by Adriatique

Essential Mix by Helena Hauff

Essential Mix by Joe Goddard

Essential Mix by Monika Kruse

Essential Mix by Joseph Capriati

Essential Mix by Solardo

Essential Mix by Calibre

Essential Mix by Honey Dijon

Essential Mix by Rebekah

Essential Mix by Nina Kraviz

Essential Mix by Bicep

Classic and Eclectic

Bonobo – Migration

The XX – I See You

Renaissance Pres. The Masters Series by Hernan Cattaneo (2012)

Jamiroquai – Automaton

Goldfrapp – Silver Eye

Stormzy – Gang Signs & Prayer

DJ Mag pres. La Vie En Stereo – 10 Years and Counting mixed by Chus & Ceballos (2009)

Helena Hauff – Mixmag pres. In Session (2016)

The Underground 2010 – Techno – Various Artists (2010)

Lazerhawk – Redline (2010)

FabricLive 35 – Marcus Intalex (2007)

Marcus Intalex – 21 (2011)

London Grammar – Truth Is Beautiful

Royal Blood – How Did We Get So Dark?

Lost Years – Black Waves (2012)

CLR & Chris Liebing pres. Reconnected 03 mixed by Rebekah (2013)

CLR & Chris Liebing pres. Reconnected 04 mixed by Drumcell (2014)

Pantha Du Prince – Black Noise (2009)

Carpenter Brut – Trilogy (2015)

FC Kahuna – Machine Says Yes (2002)

Dave Clarke – Devils Advocate (2003)

World Service Vol.2 Mixed by Dave Clarke (2001)

Back to the Future Parts 1-3 mixed by Paul Kalkbrenner

TBC Playlist 2016 Annual Review

Where did 2016 go?! Time flies when you’re having fun and you couldn’t say that we didn’t have fun at TBC in 2016. We hosted three parties, the first in March (‘Follow the Yellow Brick Road’), the second in October for a special Halloween event (‘Disco Bloodbath’) and the third was a magical new years party at TBC HQ. All of which were so much fun! Disco Bloodbath was particularly memorable as we were able to book Spektre as our headline act and got over 120 people through the door! We partied in Croatia at Electric Elephant festival in the sunshine, by the beach, under massive disco balls, on boats and in, wait for it, actual nightclubs, what a festival in the beautiful town of Tisno. We also attended Jodrell Bank for Bluedot Festival in July for one of the comeback stories of the year with electronic music legend Jean Michel Jarre. Other stand out nights were Henry Saiz all night long in September at 303 in Liverpool, Bjarki in May at Collect in Sheffield and we started the year with a bang at Damian Lazarus’s Day Zero festival in the jungle in Tulum, Mexico.

Due to our hectic calendar, preparing our events (including our back to back mixes at both events), listening to lots of new music on all formats (in particular vinyl, which we have enjoyed the resurgence of), doing our day jobs, attending about half a dozen weddings and having some much needed R&R we have barely had any time to post on the website and feel it has been a little neglected. It is however our annual review time and we are excited to bring you the latest instalment. We hope you enjoy.

In 2016 we have had a little of everything from disco to techno, albums to compilations to podcasts, old school artists returning for their latest instalment including Radiohead, Chemical Brothers and Underworld, MP3 to Limited Edition Vinyl to CDs, old school classics that we have dug out of the vaults and some brilliant individual releases via EP or single. Here’s what we thought:

The 2016 Playlist – 50

HVOB – Trialog

The Field – The Follower

The Range – RA Podcast #521

Sadat Bahar – RA Podcast #507

Underworld – Barbara, Barbara, We Face Shining Future

Chemical Brothers – Born In Echoes

Get Physical Pres. Body Language Vol.17 by WhoMadeWho

Cosmic Machine – Various Artists

Unknown Landscapes – Vol.3 mixed by Exium

Junior Boys – Big Black Coat

Dj Supermarket Pres. The Ladies of Too Slow to Disco

Stephan Bodzin – Powers of Ten Remixes

Moderat – 111

John Digweed – Live in Montreal (6CD pack)

John Digweed – Live in Montreal Finale (3CD Pack)

Pig & Dan – Modular Baptism

Fabric 87 – Alan Fitzpatrick

Fabric 88 – Ryan Elliot

Eskimo pres. Yellow Collection – Various Artists

Wolfram – Wolfram

Jean Michel Jarre – Electronica Vol.2 The Heart of Noise

RA Podcast #525 – Dr Rubenstein

Floorpan – Victorious

A Sides Vol.5 – Various Artists

Global Underground Pres. Nubreed Vol.9 – Habischman

Cocoon Ibiza mixed by Carl Craig and Sonja Moonear

Trus’Me – Planet 4

Marcel Dettmann Pres. Dj Kicks

Marco Bailey – Materia Ibiza XL 2 – Various Artists

Global Underground – Twenty

London Underground – Various Artists

Pure Intec mixed by Carl Cox and Jon Rundell

Sven Vaeth pres. Sound of the Season 17 – Various Artists

Stil Vor Talent Kotbusser Tor – Various Artists

Tuff City Kids – Adolescent

Tiger and Woods – On the Green Again

Michael Mayer – &

Majestic Casual Vol.3 – Various Artists

Marsheaux – Ath.Lon

Space Ibiza pres. 2016  – Various Artists

Balance Pres. Alex Niggemann – Various Artists

Mixmag In Session – Helena Hauff

BBC Essential Mix – Rodhad February 2016

BBC Essential Mix – Pig and Dan April 2016

BBC Essential Mix – Stephan Bodzin June 2016

BBC Essential Mix – Solomun July 2016

BBC Essential Mix – The Avalanches August 2016

BBC – Essential Mix – Mano Le Tough October 2016

BBC Essential Mix  – Bedouin October 2016

BBC Essential Mix – Ellen Allien December 2016

Older Classics/Alternative – 18

Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool

DJ Hyper Various – Bedrock and Wired/Re-wired

FAZEmag mix CD’s – The full collection

Julia Holter – Have You In My Wilderness

Holly Herndon – Platform

Solar Bears – Advancement

Sasha – Scene Delete

Trus’Me – Working Nights (2007)

Permanent Vacation pres. Safari – Various Artists

Henry Saiz  – Reality Addendum

Fatima Yamaha – Imaginary Lines (2015)

Fatima Yamaha- Fatima Yamaha EP (2012)

Dekmantel Podcast Vol. 66 Delta Funktionnen

Balance 009 Paolo Mojo – Various Artists

Balance 008 Design Masiello – Various Artists

BBC Essential Mix  – Valentino Kanzyani (2007)

BBC Essential Mix  – Oliver Lieb (2001)

Anthony Rother – This is Electro (2005)

There are a total of 68 albums, mixes or podcast/radio shows in the 2016 shortlist and making a shortlist has been a bit of an ordeal due to variety and the sheer volume of music. In total there is around 200 days of music in the list and thats looking on the pessimistic side as its hard to give a true figure! In order to keep things as brief as possible the shortlist has been taken from the 2016 releases only, we would recommend all of the classic and golden oldies from the latter end of the list.

The shortlist is as follows and it comes down to a top 7:

John Digweed – Live in Montreal Finale (3CD Pack)

Part two of a 9 CD mega boxset (6CD boxset followed by the 3CD finale boxset) from one of dance music’s legends John Digweed is an epic way to end his extravaganza of music and get an idea of how good this set must have been at Stereo in Montreal, Canada, in October 2015. Diggers has released a number of location specific collections since 2012’s Cordoba  which now totals 8.5 (the .5 being the finale at Montreal) but have varied in quality and the ability to harness the sound of that time, city and DJ set. Montreal however, serves up a feast of music and the finale is simply brilliant with dark, evil, electro/house/techno that adorn this edition, plus some classics thrown in for good measure on the final CD. This great combination makes you feel like you could have been there and really gets the party going. It is hard to pick out favourites so check out the link below and the tracklist:

http://bedrockmusic.bigcartel.com/product/john-digweed-live-in-montreal-3xcd-finale-re-press-pre-order

RA Podcast #525 – Dr Rubenstein

The first of three female entries in our 2016 best of and this mix from Dr. Rubenstein is a great introduction to a new TBC favourite. A blend of cultures (Russian, Israeli and German) have resulted in a simply stunning debut mix and RA have definitely found a true gem in Marina Rubenstein. Tracks from Delta Funktionen, Dorian Grey, Skee Mask and Vril courtesy of labels such as Ilian Tape epitomise this mix with a dub techno/electro vibe that varies from beautiful landscapes to full on techno. It will leave you reeling if you happen to be near a bass bin/sub-woofer, watch out! Nyctophilia by Dorian Grey and Torus CXXVIII by Vril are favourites of this mix but again it is hard to single out tracks when the mix works so well. Please have a listen yourself.

Track list and Link to listen the mix below:

Andrea Parker – Angular Art – Touchin’ Bass
Lonny – Theme From Murdercapital – Murder Capital
Hardfloor & E.R.P. – You Know The Score (E.R.P. Version)
Skee Mask – Shred 08 – Ilian Tape
Far Out Radio Systems – LV-426 – Tanzbar Records
BLD – CCY (Rave) – BLD Tape Recordings
Civilian – Comcept – Out Electronic Recordings
Ness – Pantropy – Rising Label
Delta Funktionen – Phantom – Radio Matrix
Dorian Gray – Nyctophilia – Android Muziq
Unknown Artist – 303003 – Planet Rhythm Records
Ruhig – Eddying – Midgar
Vril – Torus CXXVIII – Forum
Lost Trax – Life Out Of Balance – Frustrated Funk
Umwelt – Gravitational Lens – Killekill
Blind Observatory – Way – Gravitational
Andrea – Rainbow – Ilian Tape
Pulse One – In-Mortal – Fullpanda Records

Marcel Dettmann Pres. Dj Kicks

There were 4 DJ Kicks albums released in 2016 via !K7 records and Marcel Dettmann definitely stands out above the rest. DJ Kicks can be varied in quality due to its format being an inconsistent approach to the ‘mix CD’ and it is normally left to the artist to deliver their own creation ranging from leftfield to what they would listen to at home to what inspired them to what rarities/classics they have in their record box. Dettmann is known for his booming techno from the techno cathedral that is Berghain but this mix comes from a different angle with tracks which are meant to be more reflective of his label and musical influences. It is great to hear some of the rarer finds from such good artists and producers and Dettmann has a few in his box. Mystic Bill’s U Won’t See Me has been played so many times in 2016 including a few airings over our loooonnngg New Years Eve party, it is house music gold.

See a link below to the DJ Kicks website for some steaming and the track list:

http://www.dj-kicks.com/marcel_dettmann/

01. Cybersonik – Technarchy (Marcel Dettmann Third Mix)
02. Orlando Voorn – At Last
03. Levon Vincent / Marcel Dettmann – Can You See
04. Infiniti – Skyway (Marcel Dettmann Remix)
05. Mystic Bill – U Won’t C Me
06. Psychick Warriors Ov Gaia – War Chant (Marcel Dettmann Edit)
07. Das Kombinat – Waschmaschine
08. Clarence G – Cause I Said It Right
09. Sandbenders – Defekt
10. Vex – Vex-1
11. Dan Curtin – Paradise Lost
12. N.A.D – Everything Seems Different
13. Violence FM – Perspectives
14. Sterac – Intersphere
15. Nukubus – People Move On (Marcel Dettmann Edit)
16. Push/Pull feat. Lady E and Niqué D – Africa
17. The Residents – Kaw-Liga (Nightmare Mix)
18. Wincent Kunth / Marcel Dettmann – Possible Step
19. Marcel Dettmann – Let’s Do It (Rolando Remix)

London Underground – Various Artists

TBC was surprised by this release from Toolroom in 2016 as it features 45 tracks and 2 mixes of superb house and techno from the likes of Moudaber, Pan-Pot, Raumakustick, Noir, Filterheadz, Kruse, Matador, Mckay, Krocher, Schumacher and Animal Trainer, who are all favourites at TBC. We have enjoyed the mix CD’s on numerous pre-party warm ups and after parties due to the energy each mix has and the caliber of the songs on each. We can imagine that a few people may read this and think “toolroom….really, come on TBC?!” but this compilation mix is superb and would be a worthy purchase by anyone for a party or a DJ Mix.

Have a listen to the release below:

Mixmag In Session – Helena Hauff

The second of our trio of female entries is from Helena Hauff who has risen from almost non-existence to many electronic music fans in 2013 when she featured on RA podcast #373 (July 2013) to being seconded by BBC Radio One to present their Residency show on monthly rotation in 2017, quite a rise to fame! Helena’s sound is right up TBC’s street as it centres around electro but covers techno, industrial and EBM (which DJ Hell first brought to TBC’s attention way back in 2002). Her unique take on this genre by approaching it in an eclectic and almost geeky style is something which reminds me of my techno and electro musical searches to find new and obscure tracks. In 2016 Helena seemed to take on a more energetic feel to her sets which brings us nicely to the Mixmag In Session mix which is an exhilarating journey through electro and techno. Please have a listen below and I challenge you not to be enthralled and excited by next years Residency on BBC Radio 1. I simply can’t believe experimental electro will be on terrestrial radio every month!

BBC Essential Mix – Solomun July 2016

Solomun heads up Diynamic Records and has been a favourite of TBC for a years in both his DJ guise and via releases on his label. The last few years have seen him rise in popularity with events across the globe including hosting his +1 parties in Ibiza at Pacha in 2015 and 2016. The Pacha night is where his latest essential mix is recorded live and its a stormer, even in the words of Pete Tong via the essential mix introduction. The track list is hard to find as its a live set so I can only recommend a listen via the link below. The mix provided a great soundtrack to many parties that TBC hosted and attended over the summer and into the Autumn and Winter. The mix is filled with excellent production work from a multitude of artists and labels across the tech-house genre. Pale Blue by Acid Waves is the second track and it’s epic, uplifting prog (almost trance like) with haunting vocals that epitomises this mix. I could list a lot more about the mix and detail the tracks but all I can say is listen to this mix, its the perfect 2 hour party soundtrack.

Tracklist link:

https://www.1001tracklists.com/tracklist/ktmlh21/solomun-at-bbc-radio-1-essential-mix-pacha-ibiza-spain-2016-07-30.html

BBC Essential Mix – Ellen Allien December 2016

Finally in 2016 Ellen Allien made her BBC Essential Mix debut which is somewhat bizarre for an artist that has featured so prominently in dance music since the early 2000’s. TBC have been a big fan since around this time and we have been pestering BBC via Twitter over recent years to get Ellen signed up for the Essential Mix and we hope our incessant contact had a small hand to play in this selection. This mix doesn’t disappoint and features a superb looping intro which makes you want to check if the mix is actually skipping and the electronica soundscapes that Ellen Allien and Bpitch have been synonymous with over the years (almost two decades now). The mix blends electro, techno and house with some more obscure electronica with ease and overall shows off a skill of selection and mixing that has been crafted over the years and honed to this excellent level. Check it out below and we hope Ellen will be back soon, we can’t wait another 15 years!

The Verdict

After some heated debate at TBC HQ over the start of 2017 between Nic-o-teen and Lady H, (we generally find it easier to decide on our TBC live DJ mix playlist than decide an annual favourite) we were left with three; Dr. Rubenstein, Helena Hauff’s Mixmag session and Solomun’s BBC Essential Mix. Each has its merits, has been enjoyed many, many, many times and we have raved about the mix and artist to our friends, in some instances probably a little too much and we must sound like a promotor or DJ fan club. Rubenstein came from nowhere and delivered a new sound that TBC has since sought out in order to continue our fascination with the dub-techno electronica genre, plus many of the featured producers have been followed for their production work. Helena Hauff has created a niche within dance music via electro that hasn’t been since DJ Hell around a decade ago with his Gigolo label, bringing music that many would not normally listen to to the fore, which is the sign of a superb DJ and music pioneer. Solomun provided our favourite essential mix of the year from a wealth of mixes including Ellen Alliens which we also featured in the shortlist.

When selecting a favourite for the year it is important to take all factors into consideration and think whether the mix will still standout in years to come. A true classic and best of year should not only represent the year it was released but be able to stand the test of time which we can say our previous selections DJ Kicks John Talabot in 2013, Nic Fanciulli Defected presents in 2014 and Mathew Jonson’s Fabric mix in 2015. Each of the previous winners would and have been played again and again in future years and still sit near the front of our music collection.

Therefore after much deliberation and a re-listen to the short-shortlist we are proud to select Dr. Rubenstein’s RA podcast as our 2016 favourite. The impact this mix had on our music choices later in 2016 was profound with a more electro-techno-dub sound resonating in our mix sessions at TBC HQ and the preaching we have done to many of our friends about Dr. Rubenstein (a random night was even attended in London by Lady H to sample the live performance of Dr.Rubenstein and she didn’t disappoint).

Congratulation Dr. Rubenstein (Resident Advisor’s Podcast series) our TBC 2016 playlist winner and commiserations to the other short list entries and all the albums, artists and mixes which graced our speakers in 2016.

TBC

TBC Album Promo – DJ Kicks Matthew Dear

Welcome back to the TBC album promo feature, fresh in 2017 with an album which we have been enjoying since December when it first landed in our inbox. Following on from a successful 2016 roster with Moodymann, Dam-Funk, Jackmaster, Marcel Dettmann and Daniel Avery Dj Kicks is back in 2017 with a superb addition being to the series by the legend Matthew Dear (AKA Audion). Matthew has been around for some time now and his sound is a mixture of many genres; pop, techno, house, dub, eclectic electronica sounds and electro which is ideal for a series such as DJ Kicks. The series is always an opportunity to delve into a famous DJs repertoire, see a different musical angle or experience a leftfield musical journey and Matthew Dear doesn’t disappoint, albeit you will have to be open to his eclectic style and selection.

The mix starts with a superb intro from Nils Frahm Ode which eases you into the mix with a blissed out chilled masterpiece. Wrong with Us follows, an exclusive DJ Kicks track by Matthew himself, which is typically a Dear track with his own quirky lyrics, a nice baseline and a summery house groove that breaks  with some nice squelchy keys towards the end of the track. The mix progresses with some heavy baselines, eclectic house and growling techno that epitomises the Matthew Dear sound and are highly enjoyable with a good set of headphones and the accompaniment of a Subpac for some bass feedback. It is great to see some new artists and tracks that we are not familiar with (those which will have come from a diverse record collection of Matthew’s) but yet flow together in a very satisfying manner. Lust for Sale (MGF Remix) by Gwilym Gold x Doc Daneeka is a great pop vocal over a dub house track which stands out as the mix approaches the quarter mark. ITJ10B1 by Italojohnson follows on a few tracks later with a superb bass heavy electro track featuring an almost unidentifiable yet superb vocal that sets the track off perfectly.

The mix reaches the halfway point as you realise time has passed quite quickly yet the resounding bass and mix track selection doesn’t drop but continues to ebb and flow into the second half. There are a few tracks which drop the pace a little and reverberate around a tribal sound tinged with spacey disco sounds and effects, such as Alex & Digby’s Angolan Rumble which is played over the bizarre Harmonitalk by Gary Sloan & Clone creating a great combined track. This is followed by the equally bizarre yet entertaining and uplifting Rendell Pips by Randomer which continues the aforementioned mid-mix style.

At around track 18 the bass picks back up again and the techno sounds return with tracks from Markus Enochson and Simian Mobile Disco, both which are excellent inclusions on this DJ Kicks edition. Pearson Sound’s XLB and Soulphiction’s Sky So High maintain the heavy, and I mean heavy, bass which growls away and thunders through each track leading to an interesting trio of Audion productions. Live Breakdown, Starfucker and Brines are a great insight into Matthew’s darker techno and more experimental side delivered via his Audion alias. Starfucker and Brines really stand out with great rolling techno baselines and an array of effects and samples which set the tracks off and really push your speakers/headphones to their limit. The mix ends with Kumu which helps bring you back down after the relentless techno which preceded it and helps bookend the mix with great intro and outro tracks.

Overall this edition of DJ Kicks can definitely be classed with the more heavy, club style mixes in the series, it isn’t for the faint hearted and less experimental listeners and is a great advert for Matthew Dear and his quite unique style. I am not sure if it sits among the best in the series which boasts some truly epic mixes and collections but it is definitely up there in the DJ Kicks series. Please check out the stream link and tracklist below for yourself and enjoy. The album itself is due for release on Friday 27th January.

Thanks for reading.

TBC

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Stream the mix here:

http://dj-kicks.com/matthewdear/

Tracklist:

  1. Nils Frahm – Ode
  2. Matthew Dear – Wrong With Us (DJ-Kicks)
  3. Mahal – Ongaku (HVL Remix)
  4. Monsieur Georget – Double Lune (Third Child Boomer Mix)
  5. Kreon – Silo Sol
  6. Caserta – Ricky (Thatmanmonkz Remix)
  7. Gwilym Gold x Doc Daneeka – Lust For Sale (MGF Mix)
  8. Smoke – Nuutri
  9. Decius – Bread & Butter
  10. Italojohnson – ITJ10B1
  11. Vin Sol – Instinct (Matrixxman Remix)
  12. Groovesh – Glowing
  13. Duff Disco – Feed The Horse
  14. Dudley Strangeways – Hallam
  15. Alex & Digby – Angolan Rumble
  16. Gary Sloan & Clone – Harmonitalk (Alex & Digby Edit)
  17. Randomer – Rendell Pips
  18. Markus Enochson – Hot Juice Box
  19. Simian Mobile Disco – Staring At All This Handle
  20. Pearson Sound – XLB
  21. Soulphiction – Sky So High
  22. Audion – Live Breakdown
  23. Audion – Starfucker
  24. Audion – Brines
  25. DJ Khalab & Baba Sissoko – Kumu