Marking Ostgut Ton's 100th release, Berghain residents Dettmann and Klock come together for the first time in 10 years for 'Phantom Studies'.
Ford's techno displays the same characteristic: his sound is both familiar and new, comfortable and expansive; it recalls other artists while being fantastically original. He takes us into new territory with this EP that occasionally borders on the sublime.
Released on Cocktail D'Amour, I'm a Cliche and Love on the Rocks, Jonathan Kusuma is a musician, producer and DJ from Jakarta and based in Singapore. Get to know a little more about this elusive figure, responsible for some of the most tripped out EBM meets disco tracks from this dimension. Catch him at Midnight Shift 8 YRS feat. Karim Sahraoui.
DJ/producer Jerls of NoPartyHere emerged from the local hardcore scene at 15 and now works out on a different dancefloor but with the same frenetic energy of UK-influenced sounds from house to techno, dubstep and bass. Catch him on the shift this Saturday 2 April 2016.
Shanghai-based, Malaysian Chinese Tzusing makes his Singapore performance debut, having released tracks like ?4 Floors of Whores? on fabled label L.I.E.S., we figured he would be good for a visit to the actual site. Catch his interview here before the action on 30 Jan 2016 at kyo.
Newest kyo club resident Haan to join the ranks and one of the masterminds behind the Tropiclab collective graces the decks this weekend (Sat 28 Mar) for the Midnight Shift 'X' Series Label Showcase alongside John Heckle, Tapirus and Lily's Rose. Read on to find out all about Haan from his Manchester beginnings to his secret diggins.
There were lots of top-notch quality freebies from the masters given away in January, including now-expired links from Clark and Levon Vincent. Still, dig into over 150 free tracks from the likes of Aphex Twin, labels Erased Tapes and Cr?me Organisation, The Reflex & The Scumfrog, Ultrademon, Total M, Darius Syrossian, NegiumBeats and Kiat. Don't sleep on it.
The giving game was strong this season. Enjoy our biggest crop yet of free music downloads that were available in December from the likes of thefullglass, 6am at the Garage, Inkswel, Santi, Midland, Machinedrum, Lone, Dr Packer, Latinaotearoa, Paula Temple and Lockah.
With house being pushed up and out to feed the masses, there was nowhere for the true to go but deep into the underground. And that?s where you find artists like Chicago's Hieroglyphic Being aka Jamal Moss.
DJ, Clubber, Promoter, Administrator, Marketer and Booker, EJ Missy has done it all. She makes her long awaited debut on the Midnight Shift platform together with LOOP collaborator Avneesh this Saturday. Read on to find out what this fiery, sassy lass and former JUICE DJ Quest champ has in her crate and up her sleeves.
ITB is not an album for dancing to. It is easy to dream and get lost thinking about Berlin and how good it would be to see Walker make sense of his new album in a live set in a Spree-side outdoor bar of easy dancing under the trees. But: not all of it.
And 'You're Dead!' does kill. But not in Duke's way (or Trane's). The 'feel' of free jazz, that uptight spontaneity, is there. But Ellison is too restlessly imaginative to work a nostalgic angle. He plays with the genre in numerous ways, and enlists multiple partners -Thundercat, Herbie Hancock, Kamasi Washington and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, among others - to find links between his influences and his output.
As an album, 'The Opening of The Cerebral Gate' contains the trademark neo electro-bass sound established by the band for Detroit. Now that the electro genre is facing a mini revival of sorts and in part fueled by the rather recent Drexicya reissues, the comeback of this album makes it ripe for picking.
Yet another bumper crop of free downloads rounded up in September, from the likes of the labels and collectives International Feel, Darker Than Wax and Through My Speakers to the artists Funk D'Void, David Marston for Soul Clap, Cottam, DJ Total M, Ripperton, Cronton Pidgeons, Leo Zero and Parental Control, plus, Midnight Shift's own Eddie Niguel, Simon Hinter and Ultrademon.
'Floating Underwater' is a great introduction to the music of today - beats and melodies made with machines, field recordings, found samples etc. Listening to Daisuke Tanabe, as always, is a distinctive dreamy trip through the parks of hip-hop, electronica, folk, jazz and the experimental.
In his words: "I think this is a musically diverse album which ranges from synth-house, dark electronica, neo-new-wave dystopian landscapes, space disco and Italo disco. I suppose it's more of a dance record, which reflect the past 5-6 year touring the world as a DJ, as well as the will of creating my own musical bubble."
Dettmann kindly reminds us that these sets take us outside of ourselves in an apparently inexhaustible way, and when they end, when the experience is over, we step back into a world that has stopped offering the total protection of being immersed in something so absolute.
There's a whole lotta lovin' in this bag of free downloads, including whole albums, bonus cuts and reworks, thanks to Chevel, Tapirus, Gramatik, Michael Mantra (RIP), Pional, Woo York, A Sagittariun, SWTLKR, Monk, David Marston, Birth of Frequency and Kim Ann Foxman.
Fresh from his LP release as Achterbahn D?Amour (a fine acid romance) and a string of European gigs, Iron Curtis aka Johannes Paluka is back on our shores to reprise with another enchanting set. Read here for this exclusive interview ahead of his set on 19 July 2014 at kyo, Singapore.
As these artists take The Observatory?s songs further into a digital register, what seemed like a highly personal album dilates into something like a genre unto itself. It is unclear whether this will remain the method of one outing?a single sounding of the depths?or whether the band will choose an expanding darkness in place of those wide-open spaces.
Make no bones about it (he doesn?t), 'Lichtbedingt', is not just an album of tracks. Each one is hand crafted specifically with a certain specific purpose in mind, perhaps, for specific dance-floors as well. But definitely influenced, to a large extent, by the hundreds of hours Dehnert has spent working away in such places.
A bumper crop of freebies this April - not necessarily released in April, but found by the team in April. Enjoy quality music only limited by your Internet bandwidth from the likes of Legowelt, Max Cooper, Inigo Kennedy, Rennie Foster, Karizma, Tennis Rodman, Christian Prommer, Christian L?ffler, Joey Negro, Jozif, Comakid and Jimmy Edgar for Frankie Knuckles. In no particular order.
A homeboy through and through, Syafii - thrower of 'Good Times' and some of the sickest parties in Singapore - got his musical education from his bigger brother ranging from Run DMC to 808 State and Goldie by age 13. Here, we find out more about our man to play come Sat 26 April at the Midnight Shift Label Showcase feat. Kirk Degiorgio.
When Neneh Cherry-singer, 80s it-girl, grandmother-announced a new record for 2014, it was met with a collective "huh" of quasi-anticipation. At least, of curiosity. This may be because, in spite of her past fame, most of us still don?t know who she is or what she has to say.
This will be the perfect dance track for serious technophiles. The last two tracks, 'Story of Aurea' and 'Wash Over Me', do precisely that and draw us back to sand at the edge of the sea to draw new faces, only to wash them away as Shifted's waves wash over me. This techno is truly great.
Elegant bits of string performance mix with studio chop-and-screw, funny mouth noises, cello farts, and dusty samples. It has no coherence as an artistic product, except what it is not?the album is an exercise in negativity, in showing what its creators are trying to avoid.
Probably because of Oliver Ho's tendency to weld mischief into the fray and open my mind even further to the fact that intelligent, experimental electronic musicianship like this still continues to exist and turn the pages of the industry like a book that you just can't put down.
When Zephaniah's silky voice says "Let me hear you say 'Multiculture'". (Amen.) Let me hear you say "roti, roti", we are hearing one of the finest observations in electronic music about the issue of cultural assimilation through a crass commodification that pervades Brtitish culture, which fails to address the ethnic diversity that underlies many of Britain's current social problems.
Secromance, for all of its 'flaws and it has some big'uns' impossibly captures the feeling of tramping home through the Chi-town winter with a strange and beautiful record in your bag, that bright and secret thing, a telegram from some like-minded soul.
Techno purists aren't going to love this album and neither are the hipsters, but hey, hipsters are the exact same bunch that thought that Stacey Pullen was a woman. Nevertheless, I love this album - for every ounce of diversity and soul that it comes with, and will be probably be playing it A LOT in the months to come.
'Dettmann II', the Berghain minimal magician's sophomore album released on Berghain label Ostgut Ton, is a subtle step up from his debut effort ('Dettmann'), this time containing more well-rounded offerings and more spacious sound design, along with your usual dancefloor-oriented loop techno.
It's space-rock, for sure. But inner space. Jaar manages to conjure an expansive emotional landscape within an inward and rather constrained palette of sound. 'Psychic' is a microcosmos, a galaxy of infinitely small gestures. And at this tiny scale, every move feels important.
In a time when it's anyone's guess as to what form the next revival or sound might take, Moderat offers us a possibility that most would be able to derive much from. Sonically traversing the various eras, the trio have stitched together a record that celebrates the tension between underground credos and popular sensibilities.
Mauritian/Martian Avneesh joins our showcase tonight. Find out more about the multi-tasking music lover and man behind underground outfit electrocaine who not only lives and breathes music, but shares it with the world through his various projects and manifestations. Enjoy this one.
From Japan to Sydney and Singapore, Shigeki has been in the circuit since 1999, carving his unique sound between deep, soulful, progressive, tech house, nu-disco and chillout. Now part of a dynamic duo dishing out the business every Friday with Brendon P, Shigeki will be showcasing his Samurai skills at kyo for the Midnight Shift Label Showcase featuring Terrence Parker.
Brendon P probably no introduction. A stalwart of the Singapore scene (also reviewer for this blog), DJ for 33 years and with productions on labels such as Los Grandes, Love International Records, Rawjak, Reversoulmusic, Eclasia, Audio Parallax and In The Woods, BP has mentored whole generations of DJs while continuing to rock dancefloors around the island with his encyclopedic knowledge of burners. Catch him this Saturday for the Midnight Shift Label Showcase featuring Terrence Parker.
Emotive, self-referential, fun and undeniably talented, this album should not be cast away. Outwardly colorful packaging and distractive sideshows aside, careful listening and deeper digging reveal a sensitive artist wanting to be heard and make a difference.
For what it's worth, this album is an excellent showcase of Oliver's deep repertoire and what Vidab as a label has to offer. It has its hits and misses but fans shouldn't be disappointed. Also 'Out of the Dark - Remixes' is out now featuring three of my more favored tracks on the album. Check it out.
Just by reinventing himself, and bringing forth the kind of music he wanted to hear in his favourite club - a stripped down, sci-fi-industrial sound that crosses genres - Adam X got the scene to sit up and take notice, rising up not from obscurity but with it. And true to his alias, he did it all within a short space of time, in (inter)stellar fashion.
While Kaye (Darker Than Wax) may be a scene stalwart from back in the day, he remains a key innovator today with new toys and projects constantly adding to his repertoire and bag of tricks. Catch him perform an exclusive live set exploring a techier side just for Midnight Shift. Watch his 'lil teaser video 'Control Shift' here for a clue.
Ciara returns; Felix da Housecat's newest drop after almost half a decade; Four Tet gets house-ier; Black Butter Records' string of stellar releases with future house proponents Kid Kidnap and Gorgon City plus my pick of the month from the label's 19-year-old signee, Joel Compass; also, a censored music video. Damn, April. You're good.
Formerly from The Liquid Room, Butter Factory and now at Zouk, Adrian Wee aka weelikeme is founder of the island's longest running indie nights - Poptart - but has his beginnings too firmly rooted in techno. Read on to find out more about him and listen to his promo mix before his performance at the Midnight Shift Label Showcase on 13 April 2013 featuring Deetron.
The laws of physics seem to apply when the album is listened to as a whole. Dadub demonstrates an instinctive aptitude for building tension, momentum, density, and propelling an album through with sheer driving force. The end result is powerful but perfectly nuanced.
Zul Andra spills his picks for March from Singaporean gems such as Fauxe, Gema and Octover to international heavyweights KH (Kieren Hebden), James Blake and Justin Martin as well as Sam Smith, Sven Helbig, Tessela and Woodkid. He lays it down for us in alphabetical order.
Mr. 8040 has managed to write a storybook and a soundtrack to it that could very well be Star Trek re-visited, beyond the 24th Century, only a hell of a lot more funked up.
With such a cinematic, curtain-rising ending to 'Treat Me Right', one feels as if one has been told a love story through Wolstencroft's music playing by the album's end. It might be the producer's most techno-sounding album to date but in any case, his remixers of late would have already indicated the artist's growth in that direction.
While it won't be surprising that this album might have mixed reviews, it's quite certain that longevity is to be found in change for Nosaj Thing...it does leave one wondering whether it would have made a difference if 'Home' was someone else's debut effort instead?
Channelling otherworldly 'cosmic intuition', Legowelt expertly conjures up some very sweet vintage synth sounds with his collection of analog equipment. Not to be dismissed as a mere exercise in nostalgia - there are nods to early techno, house, acid and rave (or as Legowelt puts it, "90's weird English stuff from all over the place") - the end product is decidedly modern.
In pursuing this creative experiment of fusing jazz together with soul and hip hop, the album unfolds in exceptional glory, seductive and romantic. It straddles between the contemporary and conventional, where music is injected with a fresh perspective without straying from the catalyst of traditional influences.
Combining Grafitti with Fine Art, Ceno2 has been working the streets, homes, gallery walls and commercial buildings of Singapore for the past 10 years. He will be doing live graf art at Zouk for Midnight Shift x Zouk: Alpha on 26 Jan 2013. Read on to find out more about our visual artist in this interview.
Mislav Bobic of the Burek record label and Singaporean event coalition, Mugic Soundsystem, waxes lyrical on the scene in Croatia, some of his favourite records, labels and his thoughts on the state of the music industry. Mislav will debut at Midnight Shift x Zouk: Alpha this 26 Jan.
Let's just leave pigeonholing to the folks at Beatport shall we. To do that with Keiling's work, would be a big mistake and a sad injustice in every sense. Just call it great music, soul food or mind fluid if you must. But it's something anyone who looks for beauty in life or in music should own.
From Manchester to Singapore, Lucas Burrows has been the visual backbone for performing artists such as Kyle Hall, Jamie Woon, Kode 9, Ikonika, Robag Wurhme, Superpitcher, Octave One...just to name a few. Here, Burrows shares his top 5 music videos and more and hopefully there will be no strobe light pumping needed for this talent to get noticed. Burrows will be going back to back with Avneesh on the visual controls for Midnight Shift's 3rd Anniversary this Sat 17 Nov 2012.
Meet Isaac Aesili, an integral member of many bands including Recloose Live, Solaa and Open Souls and deemed by Benji B to be one of the most exciting soul talents to emerge from the South Pacific. He is now part of Funkommunity (with Rachel Fraser) and Karlmarx (with brother Mark McNeill). The producer, multi-instrumentalist and DJ will be performing live alongside Singapore's Kiat this Saturday at Velvet Underground-Dance.
A pioneer of not just Singapore's DnB scene but underground electronica in general, Kiat is a firm stalwart who becomes more relevant with each year. Here we break an exclusive interview and a review of his LP 'The Inner Galaxy' released in June 2012. Catch his performance with album collaborator, Isaac Aesili for Midnight Shift's 3rd Anniversary on 17 Nov 2012.
From Omar S to Moodymann and Analogue Monsta, Scion A/V has been dishing out gems of free releases from artists of said caliber. Here, Nick Hook's Without You is no different, with standout collaborations with the likes of Machinedrum and Computer Jay & The Gaslamp Killer.
Part of the self-absorbed They-Create-You-Tolerate movement, Max Lane's marriage of Malay ethnic beats with a cutting-edge sensibility has made many a ear perk up. Catch Max Lane doing something out of the ordinary at Midnight Shift's 3rd Anniversary on 17 Nov 2012.
The criteria of what makes a good mix, DJ or otherwise, differ from person to person. Agreed? Now that's out of the way, here are three mixes that have stood out lately, and in no particular order. Apologies that like most things in life, there's neither fancy artwork nor tracklists available for these mixes.
Deniz Kurtel bravely lets fans know that she doesn't subscribe to one magic formula - it's gonna take more than this to pin down a definitive style for the 'queen of house'.
Those expecting the usual fare of Robert Hood?s fiercely spare, loopy Detroit techno will be surprised. Continuing in the vein of previous instalments, 'Motor: Nighttime World 3' largely relays Hood?s mellower side with poignant electronics foregrounded over percussive dancefloor ingredients.
"Those randomly strewn hacked up pieces that glazes the cover of 'Traces', are significant and probably, also the solution to the jig-saw puzzle within the album. The sum of all parts add together to reveal an interesting collection of classic meets future classic." Brendon P reviews Delta Funktionen's debut LP 'Traces'.
With influences from ska, R&B, acid jazz, funk, rock, swing and electro to name a few, our unnamed vocalist will accompany Masterpiece in a hotly tipped debut live set on 18 May. Read on to find out what makes this enigmatic and distinctive frontman a hot favourite.
Authenticity and sincerity characterise one-man band, MC, DJ and local phenomenon Masterpiece, who also organises all things funk and soul at his monthly 'Turn Up The Heat'. This Friday, we invite him for a special four on the floor-tinged appearance with a mysterious vox at the upcoming Midnight Shift. Read on for a hint of what to expect.
Midnight Shift x Zouk 03 on Fri 18 May will unveil Eddie Niguel, a Midnight Shift label artist who has been steadily climbing the ranks with chart-topping tracks on labels such as Get Physical, Nohashi Recordings and lately, Dig Deeper. Here we interview the DJ/Producer about making music from the heart.
"The musical arrangement and production on this is second to none and if this is anything to go by, a blueprint for other house producers to start re-building upon." Brendon P reviews Iron Curtis's debut LP entitled 'Soft Wide Waist Band', to be released on Mirau on 21 May.
"Without Delano there would be no Derrick" - Derrick May. Detroit's Delano Smith has been around the circuit since DJing in 1978 but only releases his first LP now (albeit after many singles). A real treat for fans tuned into his sound, but for new converts? The answer is 'maybe'.
Brace yourself for this Friday 16 March 2012, where the crew from Darker Than Wax present Scandinavia's Andreas Saag at Velvet Underground with resident, Jeremy Boon. Special guests also include the one-man band extraordinaire, Hafez Masterpiece and a warm-up set by one-to-watch Marco Weibel. Read on for thoughts on where they're at. To get on the exclusive guestlist, email: email@example.com
Originally published by POSKOD.SG and republished here with their express written permission. SOUNDSCAPING is its special section that soundtracks Singapore's neighbourhoods. This edition sees the prolific Darren Ng aka sonicbrat tracking sounds from his idyllic neighbourhood: The bedroom.
The annual Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA) is back and accepting applications now for New York. Find out how you can get your way there at the Info Session this evening 24 Feb at Wine Bar, Zouk from Singapore's own past participants interviewed here, plus a talk by Midnight Shift's mystery guest on the art of sampling. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
There are few things that can beat knowledge and experience; and you can count on this veteran duo to deliver a sound education on the dancefloor. djB and Brendon P do a special reprise of their Houseysouldoingz outfit from back in the day at Future Bound on 25 Feb 2012 at their common playground, Zouk.
Let's talk about Kevin Lester. At 26, Kevin Lester is a rap artist, songwriter and producer and 1/9th of the band outfit Sixx out of the Singapura. Also known as the Lion City Boy, he has been garnering serious attention around the world and it's about time you did too. Kevin Lester will be honourable man on the mic at Midnight Shift x Zouk 02: Future Bound on Sat 25 Feb.
The local bar and lounge scene is ruled by the funk, soul brother sounds of DJ KFC (real initials), whose feel-good sets never fail to rouse both life and revelry. He graces us with the first set of the night at Midnight Shift x Zouk 02: Future Bound on 25 Feb 2012, plus a special preview mix recorded live at Overeasy that should get your mouth watering for more.
With podcast number 7 comes an exclusive interview with label artist Argy (Argyris Theofilis), who talks about his recent masterpiece, Fundamentals, as well as the art of sampling, Ibadan Records, his inspirations and being honest. Listen to his podcast for signs of a house revival in the horizon.
The Burden brothers aka Octave One release an album of favourites remixed by their favourite producers. Brendon P reviews and interviews the beloved duo as we welcome in the year 2012 on the right note.
The name on many lips and in as many record stashes by now, Basic Soul Unit aka Stuart Li graces us with Podcast #006 - a very cool, soaring techno mix also featuring his track 'Late Night Shift' soon to be out on the Midnight Shift label. We are grateful to have this insightful interview from our affable Torontonian.
Midnight Shift Podcast number 5 is none other than Terrence Parker. With more than 30 years in the industry, TP or Telephone Man as he is affectionately called has made his mark as a respected label owner of Parker Music Works, producer, remixer and DJ straight out of homeland Detroit. Legendary for his turntable skills and love for music (just watch his RTS.FM mix), TP has kept the fire burning bright for us all.
Reel by Real aka Marty Bonds makes a first comeback after 20 years. What are we to expect from this Detroit veteran?
If you were at our 2nd Anniversary, you would have been under the spell of these guys behind the visual controls. Midnight Shift takes a break from the music to find out a little of what goes on at the other side in the minds of co-pilots and VJs, Cymbal and Avneesh.
It is these two local songbirds who have made our scene that much brighter with their mesmerising talent. Miss Mic (Michaela Therese) and Van Detta (Vanessa Fernandez) will come together as collaborators and friends for a special performance on Midnight Shift's 2nd Anniversary this Saturday.
Singapore's Eddie Niguel drops the Midnight Shift Podcast #003. Winner of the Get Physical remix competition of Patrice Baumel's 'Roar' in 2008, Eddie (also known under his production moniker Edel) has since been working his way slowly but surely to the forefront of where we are at today. Check his intense mix combusting into sheer techno flames to hear what we're talking about.
You might have already heard his 2-hour promo mix that has been the talk of the town. Now read the mind behind it. Since moving from the UK, Ming has quickly risen the ranks as Zouk's latest resident. Known for his spontaneous and sophisticated 3-deck mixing, he's clearly one to watch.
There is probably not a Singaporean musician alive who has not been influenced, inspired or touched in some way by the iconic X'Ho. A revered hero among many, the radio DJ, club DJ, band member, filmmaker and author (and that's just scratching the surface) is a national treasure. Let's give it up.
Omar-S, native Detroit DJ and producer, releases his second LP called It Can Be Done, But Only I Can Do It.
For those who like to research on what they are getting themselves into, here are a few items on a need-to-know basis:
Fran Hartnett is possibly one of Dublin's best-kept secrets. Frequently featured in Surgeon's mixes, including Fabric 53, Fran's work is white hot. Here, he lays down an exclusive mix featuring his own jams plus the track 'Mutant Substance' soon to be released on the Midnight Shift album.
'90s drum and bass legend rises from four-year slumber with new and up-to-date sounds: surely a recipe for disaster there. But as it is for Photek and his storied production legacy, it would be fairer to embrace his resurrection with the forewarning that 'results may vary'.
As a member of the raster-noton family, Kangding Ray and his music are necessarily concerned with the click-clacks of minimal electronic sound design; conceptualised through artistic missives and scientific sequences; and realised through experimental projects, publications and installation works?. etc., etc. and more etc.