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(Deutsch) Berlin : Wochenendplaner : Weggeblitzt

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Das geht ja gut los, dieses Wochenende! Nämlich heute, am Donnerstag, vorgezogen zusagen, und als ob die Feiergöttinnen ihr Füllhorn über der Spree ausgeleert haben. Rein ins Getümmel!

Donnerstag: Für das heutige Konzert Teleport im Rahmen des Krake Festivals sind unsere Verlosungsplätze leider schon weg. Für The Field, Emika, Three Trapped Tigers u.w. lohnt es sich aber auch den nicht allzu großen Eintritt im Festsaal Kreuzberg zu zahlen.

Ein Hort der Kreativen ist bekanntlich das Berghain. Nun wurde dort ein weiterer Raum des alten Heizkraftwerks erschlossen: Das Erdgeschoss Kubus des bietet bis zum 26. August der Gruppenaustellung ALLE -Worker’s Pearls Raum. Heute beginnt bei um 19 Uhr die Vernissage, ab 22 Uhr geht es bei freiem Eintritt (bis Mitternacht, danach 5€) mit einer Party in der Panoramabar weiter. U.a. werden Rummelsnuff, Shambhu & The True Love und Brett Knacksen zugegen sein.

Ebenfalls gratis gelangt man heute zu einem gemeinsamen Konzert der gleichsam fantastischen Hundreds und When Saints Go Machine. Allerdings gilt beim Finale des Levi’s Print Workshop in der Alten Münze: first come, first serve.

Freitag: Eine neue Ausgabe von Introducing steht an. Aus Knoxville, Tennessee, reisen dafür Royal Bangs an. Vor mehr als anderthalb Jahren noch im Westgermany zu sehen, nehmen sie nun mit ihrem zweiten Album Flux Outside die Bühne des Magnet Clubs. Die fesselnde Verschmelzung von Noiserock und Electronica wird begleitet von Auftritten der Wolf People, Freedom or Death’s und DJ-Sets.

Das skandinavische Wochenendprogramm bieten hingegen die Stockholmer Discopopper Montauk bei der Scandinavian Disco im Roten Salon der Volksbühne.

Samstag: Kleine Rückblende in das Vorjahr: Glass Eights, das Debütalbum von John Roberts (Foto), war einer der Platten des Jahres im Sektor ‘Deep House’. Plötzlich war dieser wieder wirklich deep, simpel wie flamboyant zugleich, konnte sowohl zärtlich als auch kräftig sein. Heute legt der in Berlin lebende US-Amerikaner und Dial-Records-Künstler mit seinen Labelkollegen Pawel und CNX im Horst KRZBRG auf.

Wer lieber einschneidende Gitarrenerfahrungen präferiert, wird kaum am Festsaal Kreuzberg vorbeikommen: Hier spielen u.a. Crocodiles und Comanechi eine sicherlich brodelnde Show. Das Sizarr Soundsystem bittet außerdem zum Tanz. Und wir verlosen ja auch noch Karten dafür.

Außerdem verabschiedet man sich im Backyard mit u.a. Salto Mortale von Christina Aguilera (Partylink), währenden die empfehlenswerten Thieves Like Us im Picknick aufspielen. Und unsere Freunde von Acid Washed lassen einmal kurz die Arbeiten an ihrem neuem Material ruhen, um euch zu Grillen und Musik ins Bravo (Auguststraße 69) einzuladen.

Das nachmittägliche Warm-up besorgt das Über Lebenskunst Festival an der Spree: Auf dem Dach des HKW findet bei freiem Eintritt die Fahrraddisko (“Vom Hedonisten zum Hometrainer”) mit Pilocka Krach, Sven Dohse (es regt sich Bar25-Gefühl…), den Gebrüdern Teichmann u.a. statt. Klingt doch spaßig, oder?

Mustang : Apocalypso (Acid Washed Remix)

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If you’ve followed Acid Washed (photo: Keffer) latest remixes, you will have recognised that the faceless French duo has more and more specialised on spicing things up the minimalistic, but still extravagant way. So their new remix of Mustang‘s “Apocalypso” may not comes with trumpeting elephants, but with another stomping beat and a minimal rhythm throbbing like a helicopter’s rotor before the start. Together with the original’s great-as-they-are synths this makes the soundtrack for the 80ies space cowboy mash-up of Miami Vice and Tron you always wanted to watch. Listen and download below:


Mustang : Apocalypso (Acid Washed Remix) (Download)

Mustang is the Belgian joint-venture of young talent Andy Faisca and nightlife guru DJ Renaud Deru (aka Cosy Mozzy), who’s vita proves, that there has of course already been great music from the land of chocolate and fries before the rise of Aeroplane. Following their first EP Chameleon on Munich’s Gomma Records, Manu Barron and Dirk Deruyck’s new label Abracada released the Apocalyspo EP today.

Acid Washed (The Hacker’s Remix)

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We promised you some goodies for Acid Washed‘s big return to Berlin this Friday at Chez Jacki (also featuring Irfane and M.E.S.H.) and here’s the first: On the band’s new EP for their own anthem “Acid Washed”, driven by the almost fanfare-like synths, you can find among the likes of Danger and Mickey Moonlight also a remix by further French electro hero and Miss Kittin collaborator The Hacker. He took the golden glory to an acoustic motodrome, letting it spin through our heads like roaring Formula-1 racers in slow-motion.

It’s deep, minimalistic and truly great – we have the exclusive stream below for you.


Acid Washed : Acid Washed (The Hacker’s Remix) [Exclusive]


Acid Washed : Acid Washed

We are also giving away 3×2 tickets for the show on Friday – read the preview to enter. The Acid Washed EP is out on Record Makers. And there’s of course another high-quality video by Anthony Burrill, Jack Featherstone and Will Samuel:


Acid Washed : Acid Washed (Video)

We present : Jacki’s Blood x Acid Washed

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If we think of the acts, who’ve put their stamp on the 2010 electronic music scene, then this list would not be complete without Record Makers‘ Berlin-Parisian newcomers Acid Washed. Following their first, sexy double-A-side single General Motors, Detroit, America / Snake from 2009, the anonymous duo continued to re-establish true style and elegance on dance floor with their same-titled debut album earlier this year.

It’s music as a classic, dry and simple drink, but with a truly flamboyant bouquet, which they create here by letting their Steve Reich influenced compositions circulate and blend between the roots of Detroit techno, early European electronic pioneers and modern, up-to-date French house. So consequently 2010 also saw Acid Washed, steeled with the fantastically fruitful visual long-term collaboration with London graphic designer and director Anthony Burrill, taking over the international fashion scene with a exclusive set for Jenny Packham’s recent catwalk and fans as Roberto Cavalli and Gaspard Yurkievich.

This Friday, on December 3, Acid Washed will celebrate the end of their successful year with us at Berlin’s Chez Jacki in a big party. It’s the official kick-off of the French Berlin enclave’s current night series Jacki’s Blood, which gets completed by the live appearance of another French talent Irfane that is the voice of Breakbot’s über hit “Baby I’m Yours” and the creative behind the eletronic jazz groover “Just A Lil’ Lovin‘”, as well as local deep house dj act M.E.S.H..

Keep your eyes open for some special exclusives along with the event in the next days, since we are happy to co-present it, and leave us a comment with your Christmas wishlist below or on our Facebook, so we can see what we can do there and also give away 2×2 tickets among you (we think that’s a good start).As always, winners will picked random – so good luck!

“We Frenchmen invented nearly all the good things in this world, including the girls.” Read our Acid Washed interview here. Check Slutty Fringe as well for their current November Mix plus another interview.


Acid Washed : General Motors, Detroit, America (Video)


Acid Washed : General Motors, Detroit, America (Video)

Berlin: Fashion Week Party Guide

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This week, everything in our beloved Berlin will be about the Fashion Week and the various parallel events like the Bread & Butter, the BRIGHT Tradeshow or the Wedding Dress #5, which will turn the city into one big, stylish mess. And of course all the models want to shake their beautiful hips and all the fashion journalists and bloggers want to loosen their stressed bottoms. No wonder, that there will be loads of great parties – and we have them listed for you below. For instance, the always well-dressed and pictured above Hundreds have turned their music into clothings and will play live at Roter Salon this Thursday.

PS: If you’re looking for well-articulated and -photographed impressions for the sheer fashion events, please, have a look on the sites of  DERZEIT, iHeartBerlin, i-ref, Stil in Berlin, Les Mads, who have already featured a list of all public fashion shows here, and Teresa Buecker’s Flannel Apparel.

TUESDAY

The week will see its kick-off at Stadtbad Wedding with the FASHION WHAAAT!, including a public vernissage of the showroom mile at 6 pm and the subsequent drop-dead gorgeous party from 9 pm on, where a live set by French band Gachette of the Mastiff will be accompanied by a big DJ-line-up featuring (or favourite) Hugo Capablanca and the duo The Marvin & Valentino of Munich’s top club Erste Liga plus EM//E ( Tilt! ), Hagen B (2nd Berlin Skool ), Squim (Gruppenzwang ), Alpha Nerd ( Sellfish ) and Bronkovic.

Another opening party will take place at the projektGalerie: A gig by The Polyamorous Affair, a Crystalmafia DJ-set and a designer night sale will mark the begin of five days riddled with show rooms and fashion presentations.

In addition, Dial Records (label website) will celebrate an own label night with Carsten Jost and a special guest at Cookies.

WEDNESDAY

French magazine Numéro and Le Salon de Paris invite everyone to Bar Tausend, who’ll be exoticly enough dressed (yes, there will be a dresscode) to party with Parus and the DJs Emile Doesn’t Drive, Nite Shinin* and Dimitri into a hot (hot) HEAT night.

Without any fashion link, but with Portland’s tremendous duo Y?CHT and another Get Wavey party – this time with top-class electro task force Egyptrixx and Finckobot – Magnet does offer you a big, sweaty nightout.

THURSDAY

Tonight the Frenchmen will take over Picknick. The WAD team has put together a last Very Good Trip at the Mitte club, which looks like the best party of the entire week. Thibaut Berland alias Ed Banger’s Breakbot will headline the whole night and surely perform his super-hit “Baby I’m Yours” (see video here) together with the too-present Irfane. The blue-white-red quartet will be completed by our mysterious friends Acid Washed (see interview here) and Digikid84, who’ll bring his über funk track “Supernature Love” with him. The tasty and tight electro line-up gets a fine disco house dessert by Hugo Capablanca and Diskokaine.

In the meanwhile the BRIGHT trade show will open its doors at Torstraße 116 (until Saturday) and is alluring you not only with various fashion presentations from the street- and skatewear scene, but with a opening party under the musically direction of  Karl-Oskar (Wood Wood), the Rollerboys, Bianca Checker (Positive Inc), Dirk Bonn and Ingrid of Broken Hearts Club, while the artistic likes of Leif Podhajsky, Jon D. Sanders & Ben Ross and Nomad will exhibit their visual works.

Too, Swedish trendsetter label WeSC (at BRIGHT as well) is throwing a party at Voltaire5 (Ex-Dice) to celebrate with their label friends Mademoiselle Yulia and Nhan Solo (see the funny video of his new single “Fortune Cookie” here) plus the guest DJs Schowi (Yum Yum), DJ75, Giampero, Creathief and superstar songwriter Taan Newjam. [via]

Another party will take place at Cookies, where  ICC and Clash magazine present a night with Artic Monkey and P-Diddy-buddy Matt Helders, the Fanklub Deejays, Dizzy Wizzy and star DJ A-Trak.

Last but not least a quite interesting, audiovisual alloy will get introduced at Roten Salon: The fashion label trikoton (not connected to the music label Trikont) set themselves to transmit music and sound into clothings, using generative designs and interactive, manifacturing prodction processes. Thereby an elegant necktie was created from the song “Happy Virus” of the Hamburg sibiling duo Hundreds as part of an entire limited band edition. For this occasion Eva and Philipp Milner, who made one of the best German releases of 2010 so far with their untitled, Sinnbus debut album, will now play live in Berlin – see an impressive live video of the band here. There will be an aftershow by Remmidemmi.

FRIDAY

For a dancy Swiss fashion happening Villa will exclusively open its doors during the summer break. Besides various label presentations by our Southern neighbours, Alpine DJ-sets by Awesome’s Tricus & Vitéz, Sick Sinus, one Schlechtboy and Team Rainbow plus Marvin Hey from Zurich and the two Berliners-of-choice Elizafoxxx und Suz Suzs will guide you through the night, which will be called Models die young – so please appear in appropiate mourning dresses.

And there will be a special night by Hugo Capablanca at the Bar Tausend: Not only is he launching his new collaboration with the make-up label Uslu Airlines, the exclusive nail polish “HUG” (expect some cool banana yellow), but his saying  ‘Adiós!’ to his regulary Friday night Tausenddisco after two successful years. With him, Mans of Rollerboys, Diskokaine and a still secret act from New York will celebrate a grandezza of a farewell.

The official Patrick Mohr aftershow party will be hosted by the Get Physical label at Cookies. And DJ T, Catz’n’Dogz und Evan Baggs & Martin Rung plus Daniel Wang really do make a great line-up for a good dance at Friedrichstraße.

A good warm-up for the whole evening might be the release party of only20 (!) exclusive G-Shock watches from 6 pm on at Mulackstraße.

SATURDAY

The end is near:  F I N is already called a ‘closing party’ for the stylish days, but visual presentations from the fashion fundus of DERZEIT and high-quality disco DJ-sets mixed by the hands of Moustache Mamas, Hugo Capablanca, Nomad, Team Rainbow and Elizafoxxx indeed look like a worthy farewell.

Parellel, DJ Hell and Fetisch will enter Cookies, presented by Achtung magazine.

Too, the green fashion convention TheKey.To – Acceleration will close with a party featuring Tingel Tangel, He man trust on power dust, Frivolous, Jonas Olson feat. MC Tadpole and Boom Brothers at Postbahnhof.

Just beginning is the Wedding Dress #5, which will bring fashion shows and live music to even two stages at Berlin’s North. On Saturday Kissogram, Pitchtuner, Shir Khan and Schowi, among others, will brighten up the circus.

SUNDAY

On the second and last day of Wedding Dress Gachette of the Mastiff will have the honour to close the big fashion circle once again, after opening it themselves on Tuesday at the Stadtbad. They will get accompanied by Swedish duo To All My Friends and Emil Doesn’t Drive.

Weekend Preview : April 15-18

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W-w-wait it’s already almost weekend again? Wasn’t it just some short 60+x hours ago, that we grumpily left our beds, still hungover of course, to join the mondaily working stream again?! And now this weekend is kicking off with some good events already on Thursday and even the old fellow pictured above is ready for party? Read our recommendations below to find out when and where you can spend him one or more drinks.

Disclaimer: What follows is small, selected but surely incomplete list of events. If you have some cool nightouts for us, drop us an E-mail to dates@aufgemischt.com.

And again the evil comes from Germany Iceland! If you watch the news you already now that a huge volcanic cloud streaming from Iceland to Northern and Middle Europe has caused an international flight ban above the UK, Scandinavia, Russia, most parts of Germany and other countries. This sadly leads to the cancellation of some recommended events (all German Ikonika dates f.i.), since the artists are stranded at their local airports. Other events (like Boysnoize Records invites Institubes in Berlin) might slightly change their line-up, too. We’ll keep you posted. Check the list below for details and watch the Guardian’s live blog on the whole drama for a little entertainment.

BERLIN: No time to rest, the German capital’s Thursday kicks of with a great Bordel des Arts vernissage and party at Lucas Carrieri’s gallery and not far away from that place you’ll get some fuzzy, heavy guitar sounds at Future Days over at White Trash. At the same time Festsaal Kreuzberg will German songwriter Hans Unstern and Kristof Schreuf enter the the stage. And the electronic deserts is then served by Berlin Battery at Cookies or Fedde le Grand and Ben Mono at Dice.

On Friday Bodi Bill invite you to Bodi Bill and friends at Maria, though, the whole night could be drowned out by the heavy bass coming from neighbouring Josef club, since here Newham Generals and Hyperdub’s highly praised Ikonika with her tremendous, just released debut album will deejay. Attention, sadly this event got cancelled since Ikonika & Co are stuck in the UK because of the international flight ban! Too, our beloved Hugo Capablanca is back from his little Brazil / US tour and is now welcoming Amsterdam’s Young Marco to Tausend Bar – dream disco deluxe, baby! And in case you might consider a little stop-by in Neukölln: Go to Warthestraße 53 for a cosy record release party of the Flashguns EP (sadly without the band).  Moreover Asian super brother duo Nhan & Taan will appear behind the turn tables at Rodeo.

Our utter highlight of the day weekend follows on Saturday with the Boysnoize Records, represented by Shadow Dancer and Strip Steve, invites Institubes, represented by France’s Das Glow (the guy from the photo) and Crystal D.I.M.(Attention! Since the flight ban is extended to Saturday as well, Crystal can’t be flown in, so Boysnoize Rec.’s D.I.M. himself will replace them!), Night at Villa including the complete Awesome crew and Xing (the one from de:bug mag, not the socila network of course) as well. Listen to a really good and pushing special mix creation by Shadow Dancer just for this occasion and check the Boysnoize Blog for complete track listing and download.

Another high class nightout can be expected from New Yorker DJ Inflagranti and Graham Peel (Dolby Anol) at .HBC presents. Before that you might want to check out the good old German, but newly chart-topping alternative band Tocotronic playing their first of two shows in a row with Dillon at Astra.

For Sunday we can then recommend you Tocotronic – part two and the Follow the Rabbit Night with some Bar25 DJs and more at Holzmarktstraße 15-18.

LONDON: The city is already astir on Thursday, too, with VICE UK Mag celebrating the release of their new issue with Cancer Bats and others at Old Blue Last.

For Friday night’s kick-off a trip to Rich Mix seems like a rather good choice, since with TEETHWetdog and Fair Ohs three hot and fresh bands will sweep across the stage. Subsequent to that Together Club at Coronet Theatre is bringing together a huge line-up including the likes of Todd Edwards, Sinden, Toddla T, Boy 8-Bit, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and others, but we have a secret tip as well: the Back to Back party at Moustache Bar has free entry and DJ sets by JBag (Kitsuné), Bi-Pop and others sounds like lots of fun!

Saturday you either go to the fantastic Silver Columns‘ first ever live show at Ginglik (actually it’s your duty to go there!) or to Friendship‘s single launch party, which will take place at The Rest is Noise with DJ support by cherished Neu Magazine and No Pain In Pop, before the latter will go back to Old Blue Last again on Sunday to end the weekend with their own night.

PARIS: Rekord Makers new top act and aufgemischt! favourite Acid Washed will play a big event among Koudlam, Akin and Trinéte at Point Éphémère – go there if you’re in town!

LEIPZIG: Smirnoff Experience, for whose big Berlin party next weekend we’re currently running a little ticket competition, is in town with Thomas Schumacher for a quick stop-by at Velvet, while Sweat! will throw another Heldennacht party. The following night all Leipzigers will have to chose between relaunched Club Aquamarin with Whizzkids DJs, Reznik and Karl Blau at Altes Stadtbad or a real dubstep highlight called sub:island with the Hyperdub triumvirate Kode9, Darkstar and Ikonika at Conne Island. Attention, because of the general flight ban all over Northern Europe the event had to be cancelled, too!

OFFENBACH: On Friday we recommend you Live at Robert Johnson with Perlon Records (signings: DJ Koze, Thomas Melchior) founders and artists Zip and Margaret Dygas plus unique dub producer Shackelton, who started Skull Disco with some friends a while ago. And basically one can just sleep in / in fron of the club for Saturday night, when Daniel Wang is on the bill.

COLOGNE: Saturday offers all music lovers near Rhine a Wild Beasts gig at Gebäude 9. The British four-piece founded in 2002 released new album Two Dancers last year via Domino Records and is well know for their falsetto vocals. See more details and a video here.

Record Makers start celebrating their 10th anniversary

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2010 has been a good year so far and it is about get even better. The year marks the tenth anniversary of our favourite French music label (no, we are not talking about Kitsuné or Ed Banger you spineless hipster crowd!) – Parisian Record Makers. Looking back on a glorious decade of beautiful music, which some people still only associate with French space pop band Air, although the duo participated only for its first four years in the label, Record Makers are now launching twelve months of celebrations kicking off with the release of a free iPhone application along with a special digital compilation showcasing its work.

The iPhone application, a visual game developed by Sam Vermette (iDaft) with surrealistic drawings by contemporary French artists Mrzyk & Moriceau, is available through Apple’s Appstore and comes with an introduction by label figurehead Sébastien Tellier and scoring by Mr. Oizo. The game itself is a puzzle of three different rows of various images you have to put together to find the matching combinations and “photograph” them. See a preview of the game above.

If you send the winning pictures to Record Makers in return, you’ll be able to win a big prize: the first 100 players sending in one combination will receive 2 CDs / vinyls from the Record Makers discography, the first 50 with two combinations will receive 10 CDs / vinyls from the Record Makers discography and the ten participants sending in three matching combos will get the entire Record Makers discography. Too, every entry will be entered into a prize draw to win a trip for two to Paris in October including a week’s stay at Hotel Amour and an invite to Record Makers’ anniversary party on October 10. The label will announce all winners via their Twitter account @recordmakers.

The current Record Makers family and discography includes a big bunch of internationally cherished and outstanding artist: Acid Washed, Arpanet, Damien, DSL, Hypnolove, I love UFO, Kavinsky, Klub des loosers, Sébastien Tellier, Sex in Dallas and Turzi. All of them (except Sex in Dallas) can be found on the new Record Makers’ 10th anniversary compilation available for download on iTunes here.

Furthermore, french classic space pop band Air, who co-founded the label in 2000, but left for good after four years, put out their soundtrack for Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides as the RM’s first ever release here. Too, the Frenchmen deserve one or two medals for finally releasing John Carpenter’s lost 1976 recordings Assault on Precinct 13 in 2003. Not to mention that the careers of the young Feist, late pre-The-Good-The-Bad-&-Queen Tony Allen, Daft Punk and now-famous superstar music video directors Jonas (Euvremer) & François (Rousselet) are all more or less interfacing with the Parisians’ story.

Now, everyone is busy contributing his or her part to a proper birthday celebration. Acid Washed will release their indeed great debut album this month, Kavinsky his new EP already next week (expect features on both releases on our site very soon). Sébastien Tellier is composing his follow-up for the fantastic pop manifesto Sexuality and before that, he’ll release a mysterious ‘CASTRA’ project. We can’t really tell anything about it yet. At least on his website it’s still him and Daft Punk’s Guy Manuel De Homem Christo (who produced Sexuality) greating the visitors at entry. Damien will soon be back with a new album, Hypnolove with a new EP, and Arpanet is currently working on “an explosive collaboration” according to RM.

But before you start getting lost in playing and awaiting all the good things to come, you should visit www.recordmakers.com/birthday to not only find out more about the whole celebration activities, but download a new entertaining drawn video for Sébastien Tellier‘s “Look”. See a preview clip below:

Acid Washed back in Berlin again

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Another weekend is knocking on our door and this week the weekly Saturday nightout may be a French one. Berlin’s Cookies invites to it’s Warehouse Pt. IV party and is having Arnoud Rebotini from Paris, Xaver Naudascher, Artur8, Bonnie, Jeffry Sfire and Emil Doesn’t Drive behind the desks. And on top of it our beloved Acid Washed will once again come over and headline the whole event.

And since our interview around their last appearance here in November a lot of new things were presented by the Parisian duo, who represent like barely any other newcomer a fresh mélange of various classic electronic music styles and hedonistic zeitgeist.

First there is a new video for ‘Snake’ done by Anthony Burrill of course, who nearly can be counted as third band member in his role as constant graphic designer and director. For ‘Snake’ he got collaborated with Jack Featherstone and once more Paul Plowma to create a video as hypnotic as it’s predecessor ‘Detroit, General Motors, America‘, which conception it carries on.

Furthermore one can find Acid Washed’s KMA 19 Session on their Soundcloud profile.

And last but not least: The team from Platform did an interview with the duo, too, and asked them for a mixtape. The result of the full-filled wish can be downloaded here.

Saturday, we are ready you!

Interview: Acid Washed

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Nicolas Sarkozy is still in office, the recession hit the country and recently the news that national icon Johnny Hallyday was taken to hospital shocked the nation. If the French could still be proud of something in 2009, then it was the Parisian music label Record Makers. Their 2008 Sebastien Tellier album “Sexuality” kept going on filling the global dancefloors with some great remixes through this year, then Turzi released a new LP and now Acid Washed have entered the scene. The new RM signing deejayed a couple of times over here in Berlin and lately released the fantastic single “General Motors, Detroit, America” with an as fantastic hypnotic video by Anthony Burrill.

“Collaboration is the key to Acid Washed”, tells us their Myspace and so accordingly they’ve already teamed up with the likes of Xaver Naudascher, Gavin Russom, Christian Kreuz and Arnaud Rebotini among others. But apparently Andrew Claristidge and Richard D’Alpert are a very modest duo and gently enough to let their music get all the attention instead of themselves. So you’ll hardly find any live photos of their sets but – luckily – you have just hit upon our Q&A with the band. Enjoy!

What inspired you to start Acid Washed?
ANDREW: Acid Washed started a year and a half ago with a strong desire to make epic and beautiful “techno” music whilst trying to combine our major influences (Steve Reich, Moroder, Detroit music, Pop). Also needed to use all the vintage gear in my stony, old house in the French Cornwall!
RICHARD: Well, I guess, the desire to create music in a peaceful environment, far away from the clubs we’ve been spending a lot of time in over the last few years. We found this in Andrew’s studio, set in the beautiful countryside of Brittany, in France. It’s important to get a different perspective on the world. It’s a tormented landscape sometimes, magical often. It’s the land of the Celts. I’d like to think that in some tracks you can maybe feel the echoes of the Druids.

What is the highest moral concept you follow?
RICHARD: Being true to yourself. Whatever it takes. Whatever it costs.
ANDREW: Honesty and being real!

Your – refreshingly – bring together a bit of DFA and Italo Disco with Detroit Techno and Chicago House with your music. Are you old school gentlemen in real life, too?
RICHARD: Well, today, I’ve been reading the newspapers. I’m currently wearing a Ralph Lauren shirt & some Todd’s. I’m also listening “Scheherazade” from Rimsky-Korsakov. Does that make me an old school gentleman? I also love wearing tee-shirts, colorful scarves. Loads of different candys…strawberry shortcake.
ANDREW:  Yes I am. I’m surrounded by vintage furniture, vintage clothing with that old dusty smell. Most gentlemanly.

What’s your favourite sonic gadget?
RICHARD: My new KORG XL. In red!
ANDREW: Arp Odyssey. The ultimate vintage, analog synth!

What’s your favourite sound?
RICHARD: My cat, purring.
ANDREW: Cowbells.

What was the first music you ever listened to?
RICHARD: Probably my mother playing the piano, back in the days when I was still inside her!
ANDREW: Kraftwerk. My dad was listening to that when I was a baby.

What do you see when you look into each other’s eyes?
RICHARD: Someone I know way too well!
ANDREW: Lies or truth!

As experts of the hidden, what’s your favourite Halloween/carnival costume?
RICHARD: Definitely the mask from V like Vendetta!
ANDREW: I never wear costumes, I wear my own clothes. I wear masks to guard my soul. If I was to wear a costume I would dress as a white clown.

Acid washed jeans: do or don’t?
RICHARD: Do it! Definitely! Even though I don’t.
ANDREW: I did!  Now: I don’t! Part of the past, but a nice memory!

“Collaboration is the key to Acid Washed.“ Who’s on top of your artist-yet-to-cooperate-with list?
RICHARD: You mean, if a genie appeared, and asked me who to pick as a wish? Then, The London Symphonic Orchestra & the Daft Punk! For the rest, I don’t know, there are so many musicians I love, cherish and respect. Maybe Ingrid Caven.
ANDREW: My biggest wish would be to collaborate with Steve Reich. I am ambitious. But first we have to progress.

Which song of another artists would you wish to have written yourselves?
RICHARD: “Here comes the sun“. From the Beatles. It’s the perfect musical example of “less is more”.
ANDREW: “Trans Europe Express” by Kraftwerk and “Ashes to Ashes” by David Bowie

After a decade of stylistic coexistence which music will dominate the next ten years?
RICHARD: Norwegian Metal! And it’s about time!
ANDREW: Ultra electro: a new style which doesn’t exist yet!

… and will the French love for electronic music ever to come an end?
RICHARD: Come on’ guys! It was the French who invented electronic music! Like we invented nearly all the good things in this world, including the girls. But that’s another secret!
ANDREW: I think they will love electronic music forever… Electronic music is anyway so linked to French culture especially with institutions like IRCAM, bands like DAFT PUNK, producers like J.P. Massiera. Do you really think this LOVE is gonna stop? “LOVE CAN’T TURN AROUND“!

Acid Washed will deejay at Cookies, Berlin, on January 16.

HBC im Exil /w Acid Washed – 11.12.09 – Berlin

08:05 PM

It’s back! The Berlin’s .HBC re-opened the former Hungarian cultural centre some weeks ago. So their fabolous ‘.HBC im Exil’ event series has already become obselete. But however the collective runs another great night this Friday at WMF. Check the line-up below and especially keep an eye on our personal favourite from Paris, Acid Washed and their infamous dj sets.

Main Floor:
Sal P. / Liquid Liquid
Arnaud Rebotini* / Blackstrobe
Acid Washed
Xaver Naudascher
Luluxpo

Small Room:
Salto Mortale & Hugo Capablanca,
Un Homme et Une Femme aka Denis Malice & Jessicat & Lemercier
Plastique De Rêve
EM//E
(*live)

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