Tramlines Party Hopping Horseplay!

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Well TBCers, that time of year is here again, the weekend when Sheffield becomes one huge party and with the flash of a wristband Sheffielders can party hop from venue to venue in a whirlwind of happiness and electronic beats (with some bands thrown in if you like that kinda thing). What am I banging on about? Yes ……………you guessed it……………. TRAM – TO – THE –LINES!!!!!!!!!

This year sees a line up like no previous year and there is a definite shift towards more electronic artists. The Tramlines team have really done Sheffield proud with the diversity and caliber of artists that they have managed to fly in to South Yorkshire’s marvelous annual party spectacular and all for the price of £28.00 for a full weekend festival wristband! Monsieur with these Tramlines DJs you are really spoiling us! So much so that it is difficult to know which party to go to, which awesome DJ to prioritise and which music to delight your ears with at any one time. Fret no more TBCers, Betty Bitch is here to share with you her meticulously researched, glittery, feathery, Tramlines party plan. Not only will following this ensure you don’t miss out on the best nights Tramlines has to offer, it will also allow you to shimmy on down with the one and only plastic fantastic as she cavorts to Sheffield’s finest Tramlines beats!

Friday

So Friday is a tough one because Tramlines in their infinite wisdom have put ALL the best techno and house nights on the Friday night. The Night Kitchen, Hopeworks, O2 Academy, The Leadmill and The Harley all have parties that TBC wants to go to on the Friday. So the choice is this: do them all, run around in a whirling dervish, get so wasted that you no longer know what city you’re in and consequently don’t venture out for the rest of the Tramlines weekend……….. a possibility. Alternatively, pick a select few of the best and still have some battery life available for a bit of Saturday shimmying. Betty’s choosing the latter and will be in attendance at the following shindigs:

The O2 academy: One word TBCers…………..T – I –G- A!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes the Techno Breakfast Club favourite and all round God of our lives is playing in Sheffield! Granted its at the O2 academy but those of you who came to see Dixon there at the Collect weekender will know that as a venue it can actually work pretty well for this type of thing. Tiga is as hot as hell right now after the release of “Plush” and the frankly divine “Let’s Go Dancing” but has been knocking out delicious production work since his debut “Sunglasses at Night” in 2002. If you are into techno and electro and you don’t go and see him you need to have a serious word with yourself as he rarely plays in the North and he is an amazing party DJ. Check out his mix from Panorama Bar:

https://soundcloud.com/tiga/tiga-panorama-bar-live-mix

Following on from the Tigemeister and by the way, find out what time Tiga is playing, arrive exactly as he comes on, watch his set, dance like you’ve never danced before, then leave. We ain’t got time for any of the other artists on that line up. Next you’re headed straight to The Night Kitchen. Jimmy Edgar is headlining this particular danceathon. He’ll be throwing down techno Detroit style and playing hard with a real party, funky vibe going on. His Essential Mix was completely dreamy:

https://soundcloud.com/jimmyedgar/essential-mix-05-10-2014

Medlar and Alex Smoke are also going to be more than worth a listen and if you came to the Faction New Year Party a couple of years ago you’ll remember just how brilliantly Alex Smoke plays when he plays in the Steel City. The Night Kitchen is obviously the best venue for techno and house clubbing in Sheffield so you really would be a damn fool to miss this Tramlines party!

After that dust off your sequined trainers, re-apply your lipstick and find the coolest afterparty in town. Hunt Betty down before you leave – she’ll no doubt be going/hosting it!

Saturday

So once you leave the afterparty, drink a few smoothies, change into another spangly clubbing outfit and mainline berocca, its time for Tramlines Round 2. In the daytime make sure you check out Audiowhores at the Delve Deeper party at Bloo 88. This was Betty’s favourite party of Tramlines 2013 and you would be simply bonkers to miss out on their heavenly house beats on the sunshine terrace.

As night falls side step to the main stage to grab a glimpse of disco legends and all round Queens of the dancefloor – Sister Sledge!

Following that, hotfoot it to The Octogon to catch Lone’s set. This guy’s 2012 album: Galaxy Garden was simply sublime and one of TBC’s favourites that year featuring genres such as acid house, breaks, dubstep and bass. Stopping by for his set will therefore provide you with an interesting hour or 2 and is sure to get your booty shaking!

Now for a late night boogie fest and perfect follow up to the house and disco at Bloo 88 and the Main Stage. Seek out Horse Meat Disco. They are playing at Banana Hill at Queen’s Social Club. So TBCers follow those funky disco beats until you find what has to be the optimum way to finish your Saturday night. DJ sets don’t get much more fun that this and after the hard techno of Friday night this will be a wonderous way to sooth your addled Tramlines brain! Strut your funky, horsey stuff with Betty until the early hours.

Sunday

Pahhhhhhh you know you’re gona be rolling around in post party agony/ecstasy by this point! Don’t even kid yourself that you’re gona make it out to see the Sunday band line up! Betty sure ain’t!

TBCers all that’s left for you to do is purchase your wristband, douse yourself with glitter and join that party line to the best weekend of the Summer!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TBC Playlist June 2014

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BBC Essential Mix – Magda (2014)

Decay – Efdemin (2014)

Love Letters – Metronomy (2014)

BBC Essential Mix – Jackmaster (2014)

Future Disco Vol.7 ‘Til The Lights Come Up’ – Various (2014)

It’s Album Time – Todd Terje (2014)

BBC Essential Mix – Daniel Avery (2014)

FAZEmag in the mix 26 – Ray Okpara & Anja Schneider (2014)

Eskimo Recordings pres. The Blue Collection – Various (2014)

BBC Essential Mix – Bonobo (2014)

BBC Essential Mix – Marcel Dettmann (2014) *

Netzwerk der Zunkuft – Anthony Rother (2014)

Intensity – Eric Sneo (2014)

BBC Essential Mix – Jimmy Edgar (2014)

Bleep 10 – Various (2014)

White Woman – Chromeo (2014)

Future Disco pres. Poolside Sounds Vol.3 – Various (2014)

I Am Ok – Oliver Koletzki (2014)

Live in Miami – John Digweed (2014)

Do It Again – Royksopp & Robyn (2014)

Bizarro World – Dj Overdose (2013)

Resident Advisor #417 – Downliners Sekt (2014)

Solens Arc – Kangding Ray (2014)

Smell the DA.I.S.Y. – De La Soul (2014)

Fabric #75 – Maya Jane Coles (2014)

Mi Senti – Roisin Murphy (2014)

The Feast of the Broken Heart – Hercules & Love Affair (2014)

Reality Testing – Lone (2014)

Code – Answer Code Request (2014)

 

Classics

Elaste Vol.1-3 – Slow Motion Disco (2006), Space Disco (2008) & Super Motion Disco (2010)

Bugged Out Pres. Suck my Deck – Friendly Fires (2010)

BBC Essential Mix  Live at Pacha, Ibiza- Frankie Knuckles (2000)

Piece Works – Ewan Pearson (2007)

The Trip created by Saint Etienne – Various (2004)

We Are Punks Vol1-3 – Anthony Rother (2007-2008)

The Future Will Come – The Juan Maclean (2009)

Heartbeats – Grum (2010)

Choice pres. A collection of Classics by Frankie Knuckles – Various (2000)

Bedrock – John Creamer & Stephane K (2002)

Blackmusick 10 Years of Tiefschwarz – Tiefschwarz (2007)

The TBC playlist has finally returned for only its second instalment of 2014, apologies for all those who have missed our regular instalment of music appreciation. Since February (when we last published our playlist selection) its been a busy time and as you know time flies when you are having fun! TBC has been on tour to the Big Apple to see what’s going on the other side of the pond, we partied for a lot of May with the bookended Bank Holiday’s and generally been busy little bunnies. This has meant however that we have been listening to a lot of music, and I mean a lot. If absence makes the heart grow fonder then my absence from my regular playlist blog has made the music selection grow stronger and my need to bring a wealth of music appreciation for the TBC followers enjoyment.

First things first, the slow start to the year on the music front has ceased and we have had the pleasure of enjoying a great selection of artist albums, mix compilations and podcast & internet/radio shows. The long playlist above has been split to give you the current gems that we have been listening to at TBC HQ along with some of the classics we have dusted down over the last few months. If you already own some of the playlist above then I am sure you have enjoyed them however if you don’t I would highly recommend a good hunt for some new music as there is some serious aural enjoyment to be had. In order to summarise the playlist we have Techno, Electro, House, Disco, Electro-Pop, Progressive and Hip Hop, of which predominately Techno and House feature heavily as ever but I would highly recommend the alternative treats offered by the Disco and Electro.

We have followed the typical playlist structure; there is the best selection of music from the last few months in 2014 (with the aforementioned classics separated below), the best picks have been highlighted in bold as these have best entertained TBC HQ and will remain on the stereo for the near future and the ‘best of the best’ will have its own TBC star treatment with the * award.

Decay – Efdemin (2014)

Efdemin has been a favourite at TBC ever since we discovered his self titled first album Efdemin (2007) and the follow up Chicago (2010). His sound has always hovered around quirky minimal techno with a raft of haunting and unusual sounds thrown in to create an interesting production style however this latest album has seen him going off at a tangent towards to the harder bass heavy sound of techno which has left us very excited. The ever influential sounds of Berghain in Berlin seems to have transformed the amazing production style of Efdemin to new levels and there are some dark and heavy tracks on this new album, our favourite being ‘Some Kind of Up and down Yes’. Since its release in March this year we have been unable to stop listening to this LP and we would highly recommend a listen.

It’s Album Time – Todd Terje (2014)

First we had the Swedish House Mafia and then we had the Norwegian Disco Mafia; Prins Thomas, Lindstrom and Todd Terje. The latter has been the most illustrious of the trio, only playing exclusive parties and gigs, releasing EP’s and singles along with two mixes; Resident Advisor Podcast #98 (2008) and Remaster of the Universe (2010 – this is a superb collection of disco which is also highly recommended). Todd Terje has now released his first LP ‘It’s Album Time’ and also announced his status as King of Norwegian disco. It has been a long time coming since his first release in 2004 but its worth the wait and he seems to elude to this with the simple album title, even though it should be more like ‘It’s about bloody time for my first album’ but that doesn’t quite have the same ring or marketable value. From the intro track to the final classic song Inspector Norse this is one epic album, ranging from the traditional disco sound to electro-house tinged classics and the more eclectic Jonny & Mary (which features Bryan Ferry and covers a Robert Palmer track). Our favourites are Delorean Dynamite and Oh Joy however it is hard to not love every track. This album has been well worth the wait and will feature in the top albums of 2014, Mr.Terje will struggle to better this next time round but what a great challenge to set yourself.

BBC Essential Mix – Marcel Dettmann (2014)

Pete Tong continues to provide a ceaseless roster of high-end DJ’s for this years BBC Essential Mix show and this mix from Marcel Dettmann is superb. It is always difficult when one of your favourite live DJ’s provides an instalment of a mix series; Essential Mix, Fabric, Resident Advisor podcast etc. however Marcel Dettmann has delivered time and time again. His Conducted mix CD (2011) is simply brilliant, his Groove podcast from this year is an excellent eclectic mix and the older FACT (2010) and RA (2008) podcasts are both top draw. The ability to bring your live sound to CD or podcast is always difficult but Dettmann consistently delivers and this Essential Mix continues in this vein. The track selection is immense, the names you would want to feature, that you would have heard booming on the dance floor in Berghain, are all apparent. The mix starts with a few atmospheric tracks as you would expect from his famous live residency sets in Berlin, really picking up pace from around the twenty minute mark with a great tune from Tobias called Fast Null. At the 45 minute mark there is a creepy, atmospheric, industrial, electro-techno track Eurovision by Laibach (Dettmann remix) which is excellent, a great inclusion in this mix albeit a white label that we may never get our hands on! LB Dub Corps (A.K.A Luke Slater) has a couple of tracks featured, there is an amazing Stephan Linzetti track View From The Collapsing Centre which is a crazy, haunting techno number and there are countless other techno stormers.  I can only say that you must listen to this mix, it is perfect TBC music and a great party mix. The Soundcloud link is below:

https://soundcloud.com/everybodywantstobethedj/marcel-dettmann-essential-mix

Do It Again – Royksopp & Robyn (2014)

This EP from Robyn and Royksopp was one of my personally most anticipated records of 2014. Both artists have been favourites of the TBC crew for years, Royskopp have provided some of the most progressive and blissed out electronica and house that Scandinavia/Sweden  has had to offer and Robyn (similar to another of my favourite female artists Annie) brings her own quirky Swedish electro pop in her two most popular artist albums; Robyn (2005) and Body Talk (2010) even though she has been around since the mid 90’s even delivering some classic dance tracks like Show Me Love (1997). When we heard that they would be combining to perform as a super group in 2014 and saw the teaser trailers we were jumping around like lunatics, check out the video for yourself:

Röyksopp & Robyn Do It Again Tour 2014

Their EP Do it Again only contains 5 tracks but it does show off their new awesome electro techno sound which is reminiscent of Justice a few years ago now, pulsating electro bass music with Robyn’s lyrics and vocoder samples. The first two tracks ‘Monument’ and ‘Say it’ will be amazing live performance tracks, the remaining three could be new releases for Robyn and Royskopp on their own and represent each of their familiar styles. The EP lives up to the hype and we cannot wait to see them at Melt in Germany in July.

Fabric #75 – Maya Jane Coles (2014)

As with my previous comments concerning great live DJ’s and their transformation onto a famous mix CD series or podcast/radio show it is always a risky affair but, as with Marcel Dettmann, Maya Jane Coles (MJC) has consistently performed with a wealth of mixes; DJ Kicks (2012), two BBC Essential Mixes (2011, 2013), RApodcast #241 (2011) and a couple of Mixmag CDs (2011, 2013) and a great production album Comfort (2013). Fabric has been a hit and miss CD series for a few years now, delivering some excellent instalments but following them with bland and mundane mixes, TBC remains a subscriber to the long running series and our loyalty was repaid with the MJC #75 Fabric mix. This is a darker side than previously experienced with MJC mixes and it doesn’t take long to move into a techno grove which captivates you for 74 minutes. The opening, dark techno track called ‘Somebody’ by Trus’me is a superb introduction to the new darker MJC sound. There is a great track from the ever trusty Mathew Jonson called ‘Level &’ (Dixon remix) and ‘No One Gets Left Behind’ by DJ Yellow & Flowers And Sea Creatures is just epic. The mix flutters between techno and tech-house with a great remix of an old Paul Woolford classic ‘Erotic Discourse’ by one of our favourite artists Dense & Pika, to a dirty, grimy, bass track by Yenk called ‘Basement’, ending on an eclectic vocal track by Fran Von Vie feat. Cio May called ‘Lonely Nights’. Once finished you feel like you have been on a journey courtesy of MJC, one which you would have loved to experience in a club with a monstrous sound system but just turn it up, start from track 1 again and you can enjoy in all its glory. A classic in the Fabric CD series.

 

As ever, it is so difficult having shortlisted our favourite albums and mixes to select a favourite. Each selection has been listened to multiple times over the recent months and enjoyed at TBC HQ parties, chill sessions and while researching and trawling through the multitude of music releases and internet mixes. We managed to narrow it down to Todd Terje’s super disco debut album and the immense Berghain resident Marcel Dettmann’s BBC Essential Mix but the winner has to to be the latter. Dettmann managed to harness all the best parts of one of his epic 6 hour plus Berghain mixes into this essential mix for everyone to experience the true brilliance of his tune selection, set structure and pounding, pounding bass laden techno music. This mix is TBC down to a tee and therefore is our star selection for this edition of our playlist. Enjoy.

Thanks for reading, hopefully you made it this far and can enjoy some of, if not a lot of, the playlist we have provided this month covering the last 4 months music plus some great classics from years past.

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